The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has launched an interactive, online map charting the policies of more than 100 police departments and laws in nearly every state regarding public access to police body camera videos.
“In the past year, we’ve seen dramatic growth in the number of police departments implementing bodycam programs. Unfortunately, not all police departments and lawmakers appreciate the importance of ensuring public access to bodycam video and other public records that are generated by those programs,” said Reporters Committee Litigation Director Katie Townsend.
Built with Google Maps, the map shows which states have passed bodycam legislation, which are considering action and which have nothing on the books. Clicking on a state will bring up links to legislation and other materials, if available. Similarly, by clicking on individual cities users can quickly see police department policies regarding the release of bodycam video to the public. Also included are court decisions, as relevant.
As the laws and policy regarding access to bodycam images evolve so, too, will the Web page (www.rcfp.org/bodycams), which will be revised on an ongoing basis to reflect changes in existing entries, as well as include any new information. Users are also encouraged to submit information from cities or states that may not yet be included.
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