Senate Hearing on Body Camera Bill Stirs Call to Action
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A debate over police body cameras is stirring a call to action by a group that previously shut down Minnesota freeways while protesting law enforcement tactics.
The Senate Judiciary Committee was considering the body camera legislation Thursday. It would place strict limits on the data gathered by the devices worn by officers in some cities to record arrests and other interactions with the public.
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis has urged supporters to "pack the hearing room" to voice opposition to a bill group leaders consider too weak.
The group has previously pressed for wider access to body camera footage to keep close tabs on officer actions.
Minnesota's Capitol is undergoing a massive reconstruction that has many previously public areas closed off and officials warning of reduced capacity.