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California Bill Would Require Cops To Release Body Cam Video


(AP) - A longstanding national debate about police transparency and privacy has been reignited with a proposal in California that would require body camera video to be released after fatal police shootings and other significant incidents.

The state Senate's Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday in Sacramento on Assembly Bill 748.

The bill seeks to establish a statewide policy on when body camera should be released. It amends the state's public records law to limit the discretion police departments have for withholding recordings.

Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting says he introduced the bill because he believes there's a patchwork system on when the public can review body camera video.

More than a dozen law enforcement organizations oppose the measure.

They say it should be up to local police departments to determine when, if ever, body camera footage should be released.

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