Body Cameras

Police Bid To Keep Most Body Camera Footage Private RejectedMinnesota police departments lost their bid Monday to classify most body-camera footage as private. The commissioner for the Department of Administration rejected a request to temporarily wall off the data until state lawmakers pass body-camera regulations.
Twin Cities To Receive $600K Each In Federal Grant For Police Body Cameras Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe pilot programs for police body cameras will each receive a major boost through funds from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Minnesota Cities Press For Body-Camera Footage RestrictionsSixteen Minnesota cities are petitioning the state for a temporary declaration that police body camera data be presumed private in most instances. An application for the data classification was filed late Monday with the Department of Administration, which must decide within the next three months.
Hodges Wants To Raise Mpls' Property Tax Levy By 3 PercentMinneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges wants to raise the city's property tax levy in next year's budget by more than 3 percent.
St. Paul Police Ask For Public Feedback On Body CamerasThe St. Paul Police Department is asking for the public to weigh in on the use of body cameras. They have released a 15-question survey that focuses on whether or not people think they would be effective in improving trust between the community and law enforcement.
Police Chiefs To Seek Temporary Curbs On Body Camera FootageSome Minnesota police chiefs plan to ask a state agency for temporary restrictions on access to police body camera footage after failing to convince Minnesota lawmakers to limit public availability.
Minneapolis Police Dept. Holds Public Hearing On Body CamerasBefore rolling out their body camera program, Minneapolis Police are looking for input from the public. The department met with concerned citizens at the University of Minnesota Saturday.
License Plate Readers Get New Regulations, Body Cams Won'tMinnesota lawmakers have approved legislation imposing regulations on police agencies that use license plate readers, but they will wait for now to set new laws for body cameras. The compromise bill sent Sunday to Gov. Mark Dayton limits how long agencies can keep location data gathered by cameras on squad cars or at fixed locations.
Minneapolis Police Near End Of Body Camera Testing ProgramThe Minneapolis Police Department is in the final stages of its body camera test program. Thirty-six officers from three different precincts volunteered to test and evaluate the cameras.
Senate Cues Up Clash On Body Cameras, License Plate ReadersMinnesota's Senate is setting up a clash with the House over body cameras and license plate readers.
Bill Curbing Access To Police Body Camera Footage AdvancesA Minnesota bill that would limit public access to video footage from police body cameras cleared its first legislative hurdle Friday, advancing the debate over how to responsibly deploy devices that can provide a revealing look into law enforcement.
State Bills Would Limit Access To Officer Body Camera VideosState legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable. Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced bills to exempt video recordings of police encounters with citizens from state public records laws, or to limit what can be made public.