Lawmakers close to approving police body camera footage bill


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Legislature is close to approving a measure that would allow police to withhold dash and body camera video from the public.

The House voted 96-0 Wednesday to go agree to changes negotiated with the Senate. The Senate must also sign off before the bill is sent to Gov. Mike Pence’s desk.

The bill would allow members of the public 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.


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