Minnesota: Police can wear body cams, but no one can see the footage

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In response to evidence that police use of body cameras may reduce officer misconduct, many state and local governments are considering mandating their use. One such state is Minnesota, but there's a catch: The way the body cam legislation is currently written, the footage will be essentially unavailable to the public.

The videos would only be made available, on request, to the people depicted in them — but concealed from the broader public. Officers, by contrast, would have unlimited access. And as Techdirt explains, "[a]lleged misconduct that is cleared by law enforcement oversight will move affected recordings into the 'destroy' pile, which means agencies can start deleting potentially damning footage almost immediately, provided there are no current requests for the recordings."

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Bonnie Kristian

Bonnie Kristian was a deputy editor and acting editor-in-chief of TheWeek.com. She is a columnist at Christianity Today and author of Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community (forthcoming 2022) and A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (2018). Her writing has also appeared at Time Magazine, CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Conservative, among other outlets.