|Posted:||February 19, 2021 05:03 PM|
|From:||Representative Dan L. Miller and Rep. Austin A. Davis|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Transparency in Recording of Law Enforcement|
|In 2017, the legislature rightfully approved the use of body cameras by law enforcement in Pennsylvania. We believe this important tool has ultimately protected both officers and the public and has led to some improvements in relations and de-escalation. 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. Additionally, the bill did not protect or provide rules regarding the ability of the public to record law enforcement activity while on the job. Recent history has solidified the value of this- often to citizens and departments alike.
Our legislation largely reduces these shortcomings, which to us decreased the value of authorizing body cameras and needlessly restricted access to video footage that had previously been subject to our Right to Know Law.
Specifically, this bill:
Please join us in promoting police accountability, transparency, and citizen responsibility when it comes to recording law enforcement. A draft of our proposal is included below.
Introduced as HB626