Police body camera guidelines

The legislature passed new regulations on the use of body cameras by police officers. Minnesota lacks clear guidelines on how footage recorded by body cameras should be stored, and on when and how they should be made available to the public. Often times, police body cameras capture the worst moments of a person’s life; bill advocates say these moments should not be used for YouTube fodder. The bill says body camera footage will be made public if the incident involves a police officer discharging a firearm or use of” or physical coercion that causes substantial bodily harm. Additionally, the subject of the video can request the footage, and anyone may petition the court for access to the video. The bill also lays out clear guidelines on how long law enforcement agencies must store the data. (S.F. 498)

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