Legislature approves police footage access rules

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly has given final legislative approval to methods by which people can access or receive a copy of footage from body cameras or vehicle dashboard cameras operated by North Carolina law enforcement officers.

The House agreed Wednesday evening to accept a version of legislation approved by the Senate earlier in the day. The final bill also contains a new section explaining how local health departments or other organizations can create needle and syringe exchange programs. It now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

The bill makes clear the video recordings are neither public nor personnel records. A subject of the video can ask police or a sheriff to view the footage and can go to court if they are denied. Others can go to court to obtain a copy of a video.

Supporters of the legislation say the access rules properly balance the rights of privacy and transparency.

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