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Michael Jackson Surveillance Video Erased

3/16/2011 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The surveillance video of Michael Jackson's home the day he died has been erased -- lost forever, because the LAPD never knew MJ's death would turn into a criminal case.

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TMZ broke the story ... the LAPD only copied 4 minutes of footage from the surveillance videos trained on Michael's house the day he died.  The video shows Jackson coming home from rehearsal at around 12:30 AM. 

Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers will ask a judge today to order authorities to turn over the nearly 24 hours of surveillance video surrounding MJ's death.

But here's what we found out.  The tape recirculates every 24 hours, and when the LAPD pulled the video shortly after MJ's death, the case was not a homicide investigation so all cops wanted to do was establish a time line -- so the only relevance of the video was showing when MJ entered the home.

We're told cops never looked at the rest of the surveillance video.

The video would have shown who entered the house and when, on the day MJ died.  It will now and forever remain a mystery.

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46.

Jim    

That a way to go LAPD! You're going to screw up yet another important case! Are ALL you guys rookies?

A 2nd grader would know to copy the ENTIRE tape, then make a 2nd copy just to make sure. But not the LAPD! Idiots!

1281 days ago
47.

Cookie    

Genius. Can you say complicit?

1281 days ago
48.

Cookie    

Genius.

1281 days ago
49.

Barb.A.    

The tapes recirculates every 24 hours. If there is nothing on the tapes it's because they got pulled to late, (at the 24 hr tine or after)

1281 days ago
50.

tony brasco    

This is BULL SH*T .. !!!??HOW can LAPD look at first 4 min only ,what about the rest ????.Did they just say Ohh yes this Michael Jackson coming back to the House and thats it , we dont cares what happened Next , lets erase the hole thing . Who cares ..

Its only proves that AMERICA is CORRUPT as HELL ..if u got the money u CAN delete a tape with a MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN this WORLD being MURDER and still get away with that ..


WHAT a SHAME..

1281 days ago
51.

Yepzie    

I think this shows how incompetent some cops can be. To me it would have been common sense to at least watch the tapes before deciding they were not important.

However, lets face it, Dr Murray is guilty of at least a few things. I don't think he "murdered" MJ, however, he did give him a drug that he had no business getting. And considering he is a dr he should be held to a higher standard.

1281 days ago
52.

Chris    

Bhahahahahahahaha....I can´t stop laughing! And that´s called investigations?! Bottles of Propofol and Lidocaine beside the bed on June 25, not seized, oxygen tanks on the wall, an IV stand in the bedroom, and nobody smelled a rat? Great, now we know, that MJ came home that night...and?

1281 days ago
53.

Daybreaker    

yo, OhWell welcome back, God bless, live another 50 or more years!

Smantha> Good post, totally agree
Ali go to school you fool good posts too!

I don't buy it that the police record 4 mins and return the original tape to the house security, that was evidence, never would it be returned, have you seen CSI?, Although there was not a crime scene at the time, the police would not have been so efficient and return it right away. There is something going on, some one(s) besides Murray was coming in and out, maybe not just the house, but MJ's ass!? MJ got his pay back from walking away from his previous crime.

1281 days ago
54.

fordtocarr    

OKAY people think this out.
Here are the tapes .. even if the cops think they are not important at the time...Do they take the intentional time of ERASING them? Wouldn't they simply not play them? Turn it off. Set into evidence boxes? Just say no info on them. But to ERASE? WHY ERASE? Just turn it off...not erase. And also, it is a LOOP. The first place that would erase IF STILL PLUGGED INTO THE CAMERA in the surveillance spot, would have been THE OLDEST scene.!!!
We are not stupid. This is a clue people. Don't be a sheep an be fed by the media. Use your own head. None of this makes sense, so it's not real.

1281 days ago
56.

nan    

well michael jackson is incredibly rich, has told people he feels he will be killed for his beatle catalog, his family and lmp both said that.
when he died , did anyone of them mention it to the police so that it would be treated as a possible criminal scene?
frankly even without anyone saying he felt someone wanted to harm him, they still should have secured the area just from the unexpected death and the way the doctor was acting

1281 days ago
57.

John    

Man **** the LAPD lol. Straight up, And **** whoever thinks that the tapes are erased...Bologna. Don't buy this crap. It's crap.
Long Live MJ.

1281 days ago
58.

cindyofsomis    

This is unacceptable from LAPD> A death occoured and that video under the simpelest of minds investagating a death would of proven to be excellent information. This action cannot be dismissed. We need to be standing on the sreet corner protesting this!!!! I am Livid!We all need to start writing letters NOW!LAPD needs to be held accountable

1281 days ago
59.

T    

Wow! LAPD has mananged to blow it again. Why would they not just keep the tape intact? This blows my mind. Also, how could they say it was not a homicide investigation? The cir***stances surrounding MJ's death was already suspicious. Considering his age he was relatively young to just "drop dead". The autopysy was performed within hours. There was already an ongoing investigation, WHY gods name erase video? And how long after did they do it? They always investigate the last 24 hours of someones life in a death with suspicious cir***stances. They knew they were dealing with not only a celebrity but with MJ. They had to know there would be special interest in his death.

1281 days ago
60.

Jen    

I'm sure the LAPD still have the tapes, they knew it was Michael's house and they would have kept the tapes to try and charge him for something even after death.....can't charge someone in death? The LAPD would find a way....that's how they roll!

OR my true belief is someone in the department copied the whole tape and will make some money after the trial when it can no longer be entered into evidence and DR. Murray can not be tried twice for murder!

This is an injustice and a disservice to the family!

Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and Scooby Doo would do a better job!

1281 days ago
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