Okla. governor signs measure for public release of police body cam footage

OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislation that governs the public release of video from body cameras worn by law enforcement officers has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The measure signed on Thursday allows for the release of body camera videos — with some exceptions.

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A video can be withheld that depicts a death, unless that death was caused by a law enforcement officer. It also allows the redaction of incidents of great bodily harm and severe violence, unless the acts were caused by law enforcement.

It also allows the withholding of footage depicting, nudity, minors, informants, sex crime victims, domestic violence victims, personal information about innocent people and medical information that is not already public.

Fallin says the law strikes a balance between transparency and privacy concerns.

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