Police body-cam videos now public record in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – A new law making police body camera videos public record goes into effect Monday.

House Bill 425, sponsored by Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg), passed the General Assembly last year and was signed by Governor Kasich in early January.

The law establishes public record law for police-worn body camera videos, as well as dashboard camera videos.

The bill creates standards for what is and is not public record when it comes to police body camera and dashboard camera footage. Under the law, body camera videos are a public record unless it is a confidential investigatory record, a video within a private home, a video within a private business, or a video of a sex crime victim.

Read the full bill as enacted here

“Today is (a) huge victory for transparency in police and community relations, and for privacy rights for Ohioans. The citizens and media of Ohio will now have clear access to police-worn body camera videos, except when personal privacy is inhibited” Rep. Antani said.

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