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D.C. body-cam access aired on Newseum TV

D.C. is at forefront of national debate over need to protect public access with sensitivity to crime victims' privacy concerns.

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Coalition updates nationwide body cam access report

Find out how states, cities are addressing thorny issues of collection, retention and public access.

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Coalition's first amicus brief tests Council exemption claim

Superior Court ruling would create 'FOIA black hole' from which Council records might never escape.

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 2:58am

UPDATE 1/18/19: MPD 1st District Commander Morgan Kane met with ANC6B Tuesday (15) and Larry Janezich blogged on the session for Capitol Hill Corner.  He reports Kane said a total of seven officers were involved, two at the CVS where the man reported his encounter with the youths, and five members of a bike squad who heard a radio call and found the three young men a few blocks away. When the original complainant went home, all seven joined together talking with the youths. No wonder there was so much video! Kane also said parents were called after about eight minutes and the sidewalk scene continued until they arrived. The MPD FOIA Officer, Inspector Vendette Parker, was also at the meeting and explained, according to Janezich, "the expensive redactions [are] to protect identities of children and uninvolved parties passing by, and well as confidential radio communications picked up by the body cams as well as restrictions which protect juveniles.

Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 4:42pm

UPDATE 1/10/19: D.C. Superior Court Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo declined Tueday (7) to dismiss the Post's case seeking police video a traffic stop of D.C. Councilmember Trayon White Sr. in 2017.  Attorneys for the District of Columbia asked that the case be tossed out, stressing White's privacy should be protected as the public had no valid interest in the video. (See discussion in original blog posting below.)