House squabbles over police transparency in body camera bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers’ proposed rules for viewing police footage from body cameras and dashboard cameras is receiving pushback from House Democrats who say the regulations encourage secrecy.

The House gave tentative approval to the measure Thursday despite objections that it places barriers to obtaining records that are aimed at police accountability.

The bill would allow law enforcement agencies to release dashboard and body-worn camera footage to the people who are recorded.

Agencies could withhold footage for several reasons, including if the footage could jeopardize a person’s safety, could harm a person’s reputation or is part of an active investigation. If the agency denies a request, the individual would have to bring a claim in court.

The bill requires another House vote before being sent to the Senate.

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