- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina legislative committee agrees footage from cameras worn by police officers or from their dash cameras should not be public record but that citizens and the media should have a way to seek the release of all or portions of a video.

House and Senate members on a public safety oversight panel voted Thursday to recommend legislation addressing the technology getting attention following confrontations between officers and suspects. The bill will be filed when the legislature reconvenes April 25.

The proposal says police chiefs or sheriffs can release footage for one of many reasons upon request. Their decision to withhold footage can be appealed in court.

The legislation doesn’t order the use of police cameras but directs standards commissions to create optional “best practices” when they are used.

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