Highway patrols in other states aren't so protective. In Arkansas, Texas and Missouri, the release of dash cam video is routine after an investigation has been completed, a case has reached the initial court stages, or a case has been adjudicated. In Ohio, the state highway patrol has even posted dash cam videos on the Internet.
Oklahoma doesn't have to be an outlier. There's no reason for law enforcement officials to operate under two sets of rules — one embracing transparency and another maintaining a veil of secrecy. Nothing undermines public trust in law enforcement like a policy indicating law enforcement distrusts the general public.