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Privacy concerns raised over police body cameras

2 years 1 week 2 days ago Thursday, October 08 2015 Oct 8, 2015 October 08, 2015 9:33 AM October 08, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Mark Armstrong

BATON ROUGE - Police body camera recordings will be public record - including video recorded inside a private residence, a committee learned while discussing the issue at city hall Wednesday.

The group was organized by Metro Council.  Members will watch the progress of a pilot program where Baton Rouge Police officers in District One will wear the cameras.

BRPD's legal advisor, Kim Brooks, told the committee any footage gathered by cameras was subject to Louisiana's public record's law.  She warned, the cameras could draw unwanted attention to individual’s personal property or could reveal the identities of victims in sensitive criminal cases like rape.

She said she would review the video before releasing it in a public record request and deny any request she felt unnecessarily intrusive.

BRPD would store the all body camera video for a period of three years.

The pilot program will last ten months and the city is looking at ways to fund a program department-wide.  

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