RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina lawmakers are grappling with citizen privacy and police accountability as they consider the state’s first law exempting law enforcement video footage from public record.
A House Judiciary Committee passed the bill Tuesday despite objections from policymakers, the media and a civil liberties group who say the proposal promotes secrecy.
The bill would allow law enforcement agencies to release dashboard and body-worn camera footage to the people who are recorded. If the agency denies a request, the individual would have to bring a claim in court.
Opponents say the bill places too many barriers on obtaining the records and that the presumption should be on transparency.
The bill’s sponsors say barriers are necessary because some footage would infringe upon citizen privacy if it were to be made public.