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California May Restrict Footage Of Police Deaths

(AP) -- Police departments would be prohibited from releasing recordings of an officer's death or serious injury under legislation advancing in the California Legislature.

The bill approved in the Senate in a 23-6 vote on Monday would allow footage to be released only with the permission of an officer's family or a judge.

Democratic Sen. Ben Hueso of San Diego says the children of a slain officer shouldn't have to see footage of his death on the internet.

Critics from both political parties say it's not in the public interest to give surviving relatives a veto over the release of footage. They also say it will cause confusion if relatives disagree.

AB2611 by Assemblyman Evan Low of Campbell returns to the Assembly, which previously approved it but must agree to Senate changes.

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