Bill allowing police to withhold police body camera footage advances in Indiana House

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A legislative proposal allowing Indiana law enforcement agencies to withhold video from police body cameras is advancing unchanged.

The Indiana House rejected on a voice vote Monday a proposed amendment that would have judges release the video unless doing so would increase the risk of harm to someone or prejudice a court case.

Bill sponsor Republican Rep. Kevin Mahan of Hartford City argued against the change, saying he wanted a process that encourages police agencies to start using body cameras. The bill currently requires those seeking video to prove that its release is in the public interest.

Hoosier State Press Association director Steve Key says the bill now gives police departments all incentives to deny public release of videos.

The full House could vote on the bill later this week.

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