- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Police and sheriff’s departments will have to develop policies for the use of body cameras under a new Nebraska law.

Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a measure Wednesday that will require law enforcement agencies to draft their own policies or use one created by the Nebraska Crime Commission.

Representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska have backed the bill, saying the policy is similar to existing policy for camera recordings and audio recordings.

Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, the bill’s sponsor, says many state agencies already use body cameras, but standards vary in scope and detail. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have some kind of body camera law.


The bill is LB 1000

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