Venable told patrol investigators he began to question the woman in his patrol car and turned off the in-car camera because “he did not want a DUI stop recorded where he did not know what he was going to do.”
Is exemption valid?
A highway patrol lieutenant later collected the in-car recorder compact discs, which showed that the car recorder was turned off after Venable and the woman got into the car, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Patrol car video was exempted from the state Open Records Act in 2005 at the request of the patrol. Some lawmakers argue the exemption should be overturned. The patrol, in denying the request Wednesday for the Venable video, cited section 24A.3 of the state Open Records Act in their claim that Department of Public Safety audio or video recordings are not considered records.
State Rep. Randy Terrill, R- Moore, said the video in the Venable case should be released due to the high level of public interest, and because the release would not hinder an internal investigation. The patrol completed its investigation and turned over the results to the district attorney, who filed the rape charge Monday.
Venable resigned on June 29.