North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory Signs Law Restricting Police Cam Footage to the Public
Gov. Pat McCrory signed HB 972 into law, making police cam footage no longer public record.
McCrory signed House Bill 972 on Monday afternoon. The new law details who can view and obtain footage from body and dashboard camera. The footage is no longer public record.
McCrory signed House Bill 972 on Monday afternoon.
The new law details who can view and obtain footage from body and dashboard camera. The footage is no longer public record.
If you are in the video, either your image or your audio, you can request the file. The request could be denied, however, and then you’ll have to take the fight to Superior Court.
McCrory Says Technology Can Mislead and Misinform.
“My goal is to protect those who protect us,” he said.
The Governor believes the legislation is fair for everyone.
“It’s better to have rules and guidelines with all this technology than no rules and guidelines whatsoever,” said McCrory.
The ACLU of North Carolina calls the legislation “shameful.”
“Body cameras should be a tool to make law enforcement more transparent and accountable to the communities they serve, but this shameful law will make it nearly impossible to achieve those goals,” said Susanna Birdsong, Policy Counsel for the ACLU of North Carolina. “People who are filmed by police body cameras should not have to spend time and money to go to court in order to see that footage. These barriers are significant and we expect them to drastically reduce any potential this technology had to make law enforcement more accountable to community members.”
The law goes into effect Oct. 1.