Lawmakers Looking At Rules For Body Camera Footage

(WLNS) – It’s becoming more and more common to see police officers with body cameras on their chests.

Now Michigan lawmakers want to make sure regulations stay up to date with the new technology.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, members of the media including 6 News and the public have the right to request video footage of police activity, as long as it’s not from an ongoing criminal investigation.

But a new bill would make certain body camera footage exempt from the requests.

Under the bill any body camera footage recorded in a private place, such as your home would not be allowed to be released to the public or media by a FOIA request.

But some broadcasters in Michigan say the bill goes too far.

“This bill extends privacy beyond the person to a location a home anywhere a person expects to be private beyond the person to a location and we have some concerns about that we would like to further discuss that,” said Karole White, Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

White also added with this bill the exemption of this footage is absolutely something that takes away the option of seeing footage for the benefit of law enforcement or by justifying an officer’s use of force.

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