Xavier Becerra

California bill would require cops to release body cam video

Police video recordings can't help with public oversight of law enforcement agencies if they are kept secret, a California legislative panel decided Tuesday.

State lawmakers advanced legislation that would require law enforcement agencies to generally release body camera video and recordings of fatal police shootings and other significant incidents. But it's still a long way from final legislative approval.

"Public oversight is not possible if the videos are never released to the public," American Civil Liberties Union lobbyist Lizzie Buchen testified in favor of the measure.

The proposal comes amid a nationwide push for body camera recordings to be released...

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