The DA's office rejects insinuations that they intentionally wasted recordings. "If you're saying or quoting someone as saying that anyone in this office would destroy or tamper with evidence to hide something," Wark wrote in an email to the Phoenix, "my response is that it's not just reckless and inflammatory in nature but also absurd on its face: it suggests that someone would commit a felony in the pursuit of a misdemeanor conviction."

The NLG hasn't gone that far — not yet, at least. "Hopefully, we'll get more [evidence] on Thursday, and after that, I'll have a better sense as to where we are," says Masny-Latos. "What I can say so far is that we asked for all video footage that they have, and only got some of it. Other stuff was missing, and we have no way to prove that this is not a true statement. What this shows is that The People don't have much control, and that police departments and law-enforcement agencies have more powers now than they did some time ago."

Chris Faraone can be reached atcfaraone@phx.com, or follow him on Twitter @fara1. His book on Occupy, 99 NIGHTS WITH THE 99 PERCENT, is out now.

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