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Florida Could Limit Access to Police Camera Videos

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Posted at 5:39 AM, Apr 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-23 05:39:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida could place limits on who can access police officer body camera videos under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.

The Senate voted 36-2 for the bill that would keep confidential police videos that are shot inside a house, a health care facility or any place that a "reasonable person would expect to be private."

Supporters of the measure contend it would encourage police agencies to have their police officers use body cameras. They also said it would guarantee the privacy rights of those caught on video.

The First Amendment Foundation, which advocates for open records, is opposed to the bill (SB 248).

Florida is one of several states considering limits on access to body camera videos at the same time there is a push to require police to have the cameras.

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4/22/2015 2:30:32 PM (GMT -4:00)