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D.C. Mayor Doesn’t Want You To See Police Body Camera Footage – Huffington Post

dcogcadmin | April 15, 2015

WASHINGTON — After this month’s police killing of Walter Scott in South Carolina, Americans were treated to another lesson in how police departments can spin such incidents. If not for a citizen’s cell phone footage, the public may never have known what really happened between Scott and Officer Michael Slager.

Officials in South Carolina and just about everywhere else are urging more body cameras for police officers to discourage such excessive force. The latest calls echo President Barack Obama’s sentiments in December when he announced the allocation of tens of millions in federal dollars to help pay for these cameras.

But in Washington, D.C., the mayor is attempting to gut the power of the body cameras.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to make footage captured by police body cameras exempt from public records laws. [Read More]