Police body camera footage could come with public records exemptions, lawmakers to discuss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two weeks after a fatal Indianapolis police shooting led to calls for increased body camera use, state lawmakers will hold an advisory hearing to discuss restrictions on what police body camera footage should be publicly released.

The Interim Study Committee on Government was set to meet Wednesday at the Statehouse. Lawmakers are expected to weigh whether additional public records exemptions are needed to accommodate the use of body cameras. That’s because authorities expect the cameras will capture footage of private homes, juveniles and victims whose identities need to be protected, among other reasons.

Another item up for discussion is the ability of police to redact or edit video footage.

The Interim Study Committee on Government is comprised of a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers of the Legislature.

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