Greensboro council committee considers policy on making police footage public

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The body cameras used by the Greensboro Police Department include a lens that attaches to an officer’s glasses or shoulder for a better vantage point. (News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The city inched a tad closer Monday toward figuring out who can see footage from the cameras police officers wear.

On Monday, the City Council’s Public Safety Committee discussed the legal complexities those cameras create: Is footage a public record? A personnel record? A criminal investigative record?

The committee reviewed a draft of a policy written by Councilman Justin Outling, a lawyer. It would provide limited public access to the footage, but give police officials some authority to restrict that access.