Bill would keep NC police video under wraps

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Recordings from cameras worn by North Carolina police officers or attached to their vehicle dashboards and used for criminal investigations would be confidential under legislation that’s getting support at the General Assembly.

The bill that passed the House this week by an overwhelming margin also makes clear a judge may order the release such videos if requested by someone.

The bill does not address whether more police officers should be required to wear body cameras. A separate measure to study expanding their use is up for debate early next week in a House committee.

The bills have gained interest following recent police shootings of black men nationally, including those in Ferguson, Missouri and North Charleston, South Carolina. Some officers in North Carolina cities already use the cameras.

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