State Lawmakers May Consider Rules For Body Camera Data

State Rep. Niraj Antani (Statehouse Bureau)
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As more Ohio cities purchase body cameras for their police departments, it's still not clear whether all recordings are public record.  Some lawmakers are beginning to move on this. From our Statehouse Bureau Jo Ingles reports.
Republican State Representative Niraj Antani says most footage recorded on police body cameras is subject to public records requests….but he thinks there should be some limitations.

“For the first time, we are going to have these videos entering private homes so I think this needs to be tackled before it gets out of control.”

Antani is sponsoring a bill that would make video recorded in private homes, business settings not open to the public and videos showing victims of sex crimes off limits to the media.

He says there will be widespread support in the Legislature and hopes it will be taken up when lawmakers come back after the November election.

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