Police body camera footage to be made private, pending bill's passage
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Police body camera footage to be made private, pending bill's passage

Date: April 22, 2015
By: Kolbie Satterfield
State Capitol Bureau

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The police videos that have drawn nationwide attention to police tactics could be made private in the state of Missouri
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Wrap: Footage captured from law enforcement body cameras would never be seen by the media or public even if a sunshine request is filed.

The bill that will now head to the Senate saw strong opposition from Democratic Representative Randy Dunn.

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Description: "But to give a broad shield against video and audio recording is bad because what we're saying is that if they do do something illegal that it's okay, that it should be hidden and it should not be hidden when we talk about public officials."

Those in favor of the bill says it will allow those in distress to not have their most vulnerable moments viewed by the public.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Kolbie Satterfield

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Despite nationwide debate on the use of police body cameras the state of Missouri could keep their footage private
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Wrap:A bill approved in the House would allow video that is captured through body cameras to be made private despite filing a sunshine request.

Only the judge, lawyer or persons involved would be able to access the footage that pertains to their case.

Republican Representative Sheila Solon is in favor of the bill.

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Description: "By balancing the rights of our citizens with the press' right to know right now we have open sunshine laws regarding footage from these police body cameras we have citizens appearing on YouTube at their most vulnerable in a medical emergency."

But some lawmakers say illegal actions  should not be kept hidden.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Kolbie Satterfield 

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The videos that have brought nationwide attention to police tactics could be hidden from Missourians
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Wrap:Body camera footage captured by police officers would no longer be available for the media and public to view even if a sunshine request is filed.

The bill was approved by the House on Wednesday but was met with opposition by Democratic Represenative Randy Dunn.

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Description: "What we should be doin is utilizing our legislative power to make sure we are doing both. That we are protecting privacy concerns and that we are also making it available for when some type of incident happens that that video is readily available."

 Supporters of the bill say the bill would keep vulnerable moments that are caught on tape private.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Kolbie Satterfield 


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