Bill Would Shield Some Police Body Camera Footage From Public | WOSU Radio

Bill Would Shield Some Police Body Camera Footage From Public

Jan 4, 2019

Among the bills Gov. John Kasich is still considering whether he’ll sign is one that will allow some video from body cameras worn by police agencies to be hidden from the public.

Co-sponsoring Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani says there are exceptions when police body cameras are not subject to public records laws. Those include images of victims in some cases, such as sex crimes, and video of the interior of private businesses and homes in many situations.

“We want to make sure criminals and creeps aren’t seeing inside your home to see where you keep your gun, where you keep your jewelry, where your daughter sleeps," Antani says.

Communities, police, civil rights and media groups have said the bill is needed. Antani says the legislation, which passed unanimously, doesn’t mandate police agencies wear body cameras.