Debate Over Access to Body Camera Footage Arrives at Capitol
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers are wading into a debate over access to footage caught on police body cameras.
A law enforcement-backed proposal to put strict limits on who sees body camera videos was introduced Thursday in the House. A Senate version isn't far behind.
Lawmakers are racing to catch state data laws up with the spread of cameras, which capture officer encounters with the public.
The aim of cameras to improve officer accountability, but there are worries about intrusions into personal privacy if data is widely accessible.
The House bill would wall off footage during active investigations and provide subjects of the videos access upon request after the investigation is complete. Individual officers could obtain footage collected by their cameras.
General access to the footage wouldn't be allowed.