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Body camera public record exemption sent to governor

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Included in the package of bills sent to Gov. Rick Scott Thursday is SB 248, which creates a new public record exemption making a body camera recording by police exempt from public record disclosure when the recording is taken: Within the interior of a private residence The interior of a mental health care or social service facility In a place that a reasonable person would expect to be private “We do not want the voyeuristic public requesting video of the…

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State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

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State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable. Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced bills to exempt video recordings of police encounters with citizens from state public records laws, or to limit what can be made public. Their stated motive: preserving the privacy of people being videotaped, and saving considerable time and money that would need…

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