Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

There is a new pressure for more transparency when it comes to DC police body camera footage and how much of it someone can access after an incident with an officer.

There is a new pressure for more transparency when it comes to DC police body camera footage and how much of it someone can access after an incident with an officer.

It’s called the “Access to Body Worn Camera Footage Amendment Act of 2021.”



Introduced by Councilors Trayon White and Robert White, the proposed bill would allow a person involved in an incident with police to access all body camera footage that may have been captured.

When looking at the current process, only footage from the officer directly involved in an incident is typically made available.

The proposed legislation will provide access for family members, legal representatives or relatives and require the names of all the officers involved to be released.

It will now go to the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Security for review. If the proposal eventually comes past Mayor Muriel Bowser’s desk, it would be a major change to the current process.

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