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Law and Criminal Justice

Police Body Cam Footage Bill Nears Final Passage


A bill regulating when police body camera videos are released to the public cleared one of its last major legislative hurdles Tuesday – the Senate passed the bill in a near-unanimous vote.

Sen. Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) says one of the biggest issues in the House version of the bill was the burden it placed on the public and the press to prove a police body cam video should be released to the public. 

The Senate switched that burden – now law enforcement would have to prove in a court that it shouldn’t.  Bray also notes the importance of what’s not in the bill.

“This does not dictate whether a police agency has video cameras or not – that’s going to be a local decision – nor does it dictate when those should be turned on,” Bray says.

Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) says he thinks the bill will lead to fewer lawsuits.

“I believe that if you are going to be apprehended by a police officer and you know they have a body camera, you’re going to act differently,” Taylor says.

The Senate approved the bill 49-1.  The measure might go to a conference committee for the two chambers to work out any minor issues.

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