Police body camera video bill set for final vote

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are poised to take a final vote on a measure that would allow police to withhold dash and body camera video from the public.

Under the bill, members of the public can choose to take the issue to court if they are denied video. The burden of proof would be on law enforcement to prove in court that releasing the video would harm someone, hinder an investigation or prejudice a court trial.

The bill previously required video to be released if an alleged victim said it showed excessive force or civil rights violations. However, bill author Republican Rep. Kevin Mahan of Bedford stripped that provision out in what he calls a compromise between law enforcement groups and open-records advocates who have long argued for police transparency.

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