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Monday, July 4, 2016

NORTH CAROLINA TAKING STEPS TO WITHHOLD DASH CAM FOOTAGE

Feeling Rebloggy

"The bill renders any footage captured by a police officer’s body camera or police dashboard camera closed from public view. This means that no one will have the right to view the footage—not even the people who are, themselves, captured on the video. If the bill becomes a law, the only way to view such footage will be to get a judge’s approval."

This bill has already passed the state Senate and is on it's way to the House. If it passes, things like Sandra Bland's arrest will have a lot harder time coming to light. 


I'll bet those in favor of hiding dash cam videos from the public for as long as possible are making arguments about tainting a potential jury pool. But you can always find 12 people who never watch the news. What you can't always find is a judge that feels that making sure the public knows what is going on in his or her city is part of his or her job.
This news comes just in time for the 4th of July. Anybody up for singing, "Home Of The Free and land of the brave" right now?


Read More: http://www.citylab.com/crime/2016/06/north-carolina-is-about-to-pass-its-law-barring-public-access-to-police-cam-footage/489371/