Legislation aims to make police body camera footage unavailable absent a court order

Law enforcement officers in many Kansas cities are being equipped with body cameras, but it’s unlikely that the public will ever see the video footage from them unless someone spends thousands of dollars to persuade a judge to release it.

A bill in the Kansas House of Representatives that would allow police to withhold the video from the public indefinitely was passed unanimously out of the judiciary committee earlier this month and has strong legislative support. The bill is now awaiting a full hearing by the House.

That bill, which covers not only video footage from body cameras but also video from police car dash cameras, designates the video as part of a criminal investigation that can be released only at the discretion of law enforcement or through a court order.

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