As more police departments implement body cameras there are new questions about whether the footage is public record and how best to ensure transparency and accountability while protecting crime victims.
A new bi-partisan bill in Ohio would set limitations. According to Ohio Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, and Rep. Hearcel Craig, D-Columbus, most body-worn camera footage would be public record with a few exceptions. If the footage is a confidential investigatory record, video within a private home, video within a private business, or video of a sex crime victim it would not be released.
Here to discuss police body cameras and the proposed legislation are Cincinnati Police Department Special Projects Coordinator Kristen Cosgrove; Norwood Police Department Public Information Officer Lieutenant Ronald Murphy; Cincinnati Enquirer Government reporter Jessie Balmert; and Jack Greiner, attorney with the Graydon law firm.
Note: Jack Greiner represents Cincinnati Public Radio and other local news organizations in First Amendment issues.