Wisconsin Assembly Committee to Consider Body Camera Limits

Wisconsin Assembly Committee to Consider Body Camera Limits Photo: KSTP

October 05, 2017 06:48 AM

Most police body camera video footage would be withheld from the public in Wisconsin under a bill up for a hearing in an Assembly committee.

The Republican-backed measure is before the Assembly's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Thursday.


Supporters say they're trying to establish reasonable statewide standards for when body cam video is made public, while being sensitive to privacy concerns. But open records advocates say the proposal goes too far.

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All footage would be exempt from the state open records law except when it involves injuries, deaths, arrests and searches.

However, police would be required to get permission from any victims, witnesses or property owners before releasing video taken where there's a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Groups representing police officers support the measure.

Meanwhile, below are links to body camera policies at various departments in Minnesota. 

None of the policies dictate that the cameras always be on, rather that they must be on in certain circumstances. As you can see, the policies are similar. 

A link to the Minnesota statute on body cameras can be found here. The law does not dictate body cam policies for departments. Further, the League of Minnesota Cities compiled a list of FAQs when the state law was added to the books in 2016.


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