Stakeholders – and there were many – in Texas' new comprehensive police body camera law largely agree the legislation was a necessary first step. But there are serious concerns that the law, which sets policies and establishes a grant program to fund the cameras, will allow law enforcement agencies to keep the public from ever seeing footage that may show police in a negative light.That's exactly right. This is an emerging issue about which we'll no doubt be hearing much more in the future. For a non-paywalled discussion of the bad closed records provisions in Texas' new body camera law, see this prior Grits post.
Friday, January 08, 2016
Texas body camera bill closed too many records
Our pal Eva Ruth Moravec has a news item behind the paywall at Quorum Report titled, "Obtaining police body camera footage may be tough under state law," offering up the concern that: