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Pence signs police body camera video regulation bill

March 21, 2016

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill giving law enforcement agencies authority to withhold some video recordings from body cameras.

The law signed Monday will allow police to withhold video under some circumstances. If a person challenges a decision to withhold video, the law enforcement agency will be required to prove in court that releasing the video would harm someone or influence a court proceeding.

People depicted in video, or the family of a depicted person who was killed, will be allowed to view a recording at least twice but would not receive a copy under the measure.

The bill garnered support from both law enforcement agencies that had argued burdensome regulations would deter body camera use and open-records advocates who pushed for greater police transparency.

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