Greensboro holds panel to discuss body camera footage, public record laws

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The use of body cameras is expanding at police departments across the country.

The technology is there to hold the public and police accountable, but should that video be released to the public?

It’s a complicated issue the City of Greensboro hopes to tackle over the next few months. But city leaders started the discussion with a panel of legal and civil rights experts Tuesday.

Current state law says video footage is not public record if it is part of an ongoing investigation or a personnel issue. In many cities, including Greensboro, all body camera video falls under that umbrella.

“Clearly, the technology has gotten ahead of the public records law,” said Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “The idea is to craft a model policy that we can bring to the General Assembly and say, ‘This is what we think we should be doing.’ I'm sure we'll also confer with other cities who have been working on this as well.”

The City of Greensboro encourages the public to continue the discussion by submitting questions and concerns online. You can also tweet @greensborocity and use the #GSOlegalpanel hashtag.

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