|Posted:||September 9, 2019 02:25 PM|
|From:||Representative Dan L. Miller|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Improving access to police videos|
|In 2017, the legislature in my opinion, was right to approve the use of body cameras by law enforcement in Pennsylvania. I believe this important tool can protect officers and the public, and lead to more deescalation across the board. However, in passing Act 22 we also drastically changed how the public could access police videos- not just body cameras, but basically every type of police video recorded anywhere through any type of police device.
I intend to introduce legislation that largely reduces this overstep, which to me decreased the value of authorizing body cameras and needlessly scooped up other video footage that had previously been accessed by the public through our Right to Know Law.
Specifically, this bill:
In 2017 we took a positive step forward to help protect our police and our citizens, but the lack of transparency in the system undercuts the benefits of Act 22. In order to help improve relations and trust between the mend and women who protect us and the communities they serve, I think it is important to we reach for the higher level of accountability reflected in our Right to Know Law.
Please consider co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB1903