Senate panel plans changes to limits in police body camera video bill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate committee could overhaul a bill giving police departments broad authority to withhold body camera video amid opposition from open-government advocates.

Changes discussed Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee include requiring law enforcement agencies to justify that video must be kept private to avoid harming someone or prejudicing a court trial.

Committee Chairman Brent Steele of Bedford said the bill won’t advance to the full Senate without such changes.

Bill sponsor Rep. Kevin Mahan of Hartford City says restrictions on public release of videos are essential for protecting the privacy of people in gruesome or sensitive situations. Opponents of his proposal argue broad restrictions are detrimental to police transparency.

The committee could vote on changes to the bill next week.

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