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"We have been trying to evaluate how we can deal with technology. How can it help us, and how can we work with it so it doesn't also work against our police officers and public safety officials?" McCrory said, adding that the bill strikes the "necessary balance" between what the public should be allowed to see and the safety of officers.
The move by McCrory comes roughly a week after two black men in two different states were fatally shot by police officers. The video of the two mens' deaths were captured via cell phone video.
The ACLU of North Carolina called the new law "shameful."
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“Body cameras should be a tool to make law enforcement more transparent and accountable to the communities they serve, but this shameful law will make it nearly impossible to achieve those goals,” Susanna Birdsong, policy counsel for the ACLU of North Carolina, said in a statement.
There were growing calls for McCrory to veto the legislation because it makes it difficult for the public – including people involved in a recorded police action – to see it. But the Republican governor said the law will strike a balance between improving public trust in the police and respecting the rights of officers.
Winston-Salem leaders uneasy about body cam lawl
“We are saying that we have a certain responsibility to be transparent and to be able to allow citizens to see if there is any cause for concern when it comes to public safety,” Adams said. “When Mr. Page died, I feel like if we had been able to release that tape we would have been able to calm some of the anxieties of the urban community.”
Instead, she said, when people know that there is a video and that it is not being released, “it creates a feeling of mistrust.”
Activists Urge North Carolina Gov. to Veto Bill Restricting Access to Body Cam Footage
A multiracial coalition of activists and community members are urging North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to veto a bill that would limit the public's access to law enforcement recordings, such as police body camera and dash cam video recordings.
On Friday, community members presented the governor a petition with more than 3,800 signatures regarding HB972. They also held a rally in front of the governor's mansion, and staged a die-in at the governor's office, according to Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC) of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Under current law, many law enforcement agencies classify body camera video as a personnel record, making it almost impossible for the public to access. Dashboard camera video, however, has been more accessible. That will change under the new law, which treats all video the same way. It declares that law enforcement video is not a personnel record, but that it is also not a public record. [Source]
How much longer until there are state-level restrictions on that too?
Illinois just quietly passed a law that makes it a felony to record the police without consent
Apparently, under this law, bodycam and dashcam video is no longer public record
originally posted by: ColCurious
a reply to: ~Lucidity
Smart move. Evil, but smart.
2nd step after establishing esprit de corps is getting rid of accountability/ public oversight. The SS/SA knew that aswell.
originally posted by: ColCurious
a reply to: In4ormant
Sorry, what are you saying?
Transparency and trust? Reconciliation with the citizenry to an alarming degree?