Indiana police video bill faces last-minute changes

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By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The author of a bill that would allow law enforcement agencies to withhold police video recordings wants to strike a provision that would mandate the release of video if they were alleged to show excessive use of force or civil rights violations.

Rep. Kevin Mahan, a Hartford City Republican, says he thinks the change would bolster police transparency without overburdening agencies.

But open-records advocates argued against the amendment saying it would pave the way for police to have more power to deny the release of video to the public.

Sen. Greg Taylor, an Indianapolis Democrat, also offered an alternative to let a judge decide if a those videos should be released rather than an automatic mandate.

No agreement was reached Friday, but negotiations are likely to continue into next week.