In the wake of the recent shootings and protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, the state has passed a law that will make it much more difficult for footage of police shootings to become public.
The police in Charlotte faced a lot of pressure this month to release the body and dashboard camera footage of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Just a week after the footage was released, House Bill 972 was passed, establishing that recordings made by law enforcement officials, including those from body and dashboard cameras, would no longer be a matter of public record.
According to the bill, footage captured by the police will be disclosed only to a person or representative of the person “whose image or voice” is included in the recording. Anyone else interested in obtaining the recording will be required to make a formal, written request.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory stated, “This legislation fulfills our commitment to protect our law enforcement and gain public trust by promoting uniformity, clarity and transparency.”
However, the legislation definitely drew some criticism. American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Susanna Birdsong said in a statement, “Body cameras should be a tool to make law enforcement more transparent and accountable. This shameful law will make it nearly impossible to achieve those goals.”
The bill was signed into law in July, with relevant sections of it going into effect on October 1.
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1. Thousands march together on their way to the NYPD headquarters.1 of 17
2. Thousands gather near the NYPD headquarters.2 of 17
3. A protester holds up a sign to stop police brutality.3 of 17
4. Kevin Liles, Russell Simmons, and Nas help lead the march in NYC.4 of 17
5. Protestors march up 5th Avenue.5 of 17
6. Thousands gather in Washington Square Park before marching uptown.6 of 17
7. Protestors lead by holding up a 'Black Lives Matter' banner.7 of 17
8. Picketed versions of the victims of police brutality are held up during the march.8 of 17
9. The Brooklyn Bridge gets shut down by protestors.9 of 17
10. A protestor holds up a focused 'We Demand Justice' sign10 of 17
11. Santa Con participants face the interrupting protests happening through the streets.11 of 17
12. An artist participates in the protest through creative expression.12 of 17
13. Thousands of different ethnicities and ages come together for the protests.13 of 17
14. Thousands gather in Washington Square Park before the march.14 of 17
15. A protestor marches while in chains.15 of 17
16. Thousands march up 5th Avenue.16 of 17
17. Thousands march up 5th Avenue towards Union Square.17 of 17
SOURCE: The New York Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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