DC mayor proposes releasing body camera footage

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Posted: Aug 10, 2015 6:26 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia officials are proposing that footage from police body cameras be made available to the public if ab encounter with police occurs in a public place.

The proposal is meant to break a stalemate between Mayor Muriel Bowser's office and the D.C. Council over public access to body-camera recordings.

The mayor's office proposed in a memo last week that body-camera footage recorded inside homes or on other private property be kept from the public to protect the privacy of people in vulnerable situations. But for police interactions that occur on streets or sidewalks, the footage would be released to the public.

Under the proposal, people captured on body cameras would have access to the videos recorded on private property, as would prosecutors and academic researchers.