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Trooper dash cam video bill sent to Oklahoma governor

Video and audio recordings made from recording equipment on law enforcement officers’ persons or attached to their vehicles would be public records under a bill approved Tuesday by the state House of Representatives.
by Randy Ellis Modified: May 6, 2014 at 8:33 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014
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Video and audio recordings made from recording equipment on law enforcement officers’ persons or attached to their vehicles would be public records under a bill approved Tuesday by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

The bill has been sent to the governor, who will decide whether it becomes law.

The so-called “dash cam video bill” would eliminate an exemption to the Oklahoma Public Records Act that previously allowed the state Public Safety Department not to release videos taken by cameras on the dashes of state trooper vehicles.

The proposed law, with certain exceptions, requires Oklahoma law enforcement officers to release audio and video recordings made from recording devices on their persons or attached to their vehicles.

Law enforcement agencies would be allowed to “redact or obscure specific portions of the recording which depict the death of a person or a dead body, depict any person who is nude or identify minors under the age of 16.”

The proposed law also would allow law enforcement agencies to redact or obscure specific portions of audio and video recording which reveal the identity of law enforcement officers who become subject to internal investigation until the agency concludes its investigation.

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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