Soo Rin Kim | Freedom of Information | News | October 29, 2015
Open-government advocates warned District of Columbia officials last week that exemption of all police body-worn camera footage showing “assaults” will undermine the very purpose of the program, as will other provisions designed to delay or deny the release of footage to the public.
The discussion came at a D.C. Council committee’s public hearing to discuss three proposed amendments regarding the Metropolitan Police Department’s bodycam program.
The debate centered on how to balance transparency and privacy concerns and whether police body-worn camera recordings should be granted special treatment outside the existing D.C. Freedom of Information Act.
“It is our view that body camera footage is just another public record in simply different format,” said Rebecca Snyder, the President of Maryland, Delaware and D.C. Press Association President. Full article here.