- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Police would be allowed to shield body camera footage from release without a court order if the video is deemed to violate a “reasonable expectation of privacy,” under a bill headed to the governor.

Supporters said the measure aligns the body camera footage with Louisiana’s existing public records law.

Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, initially proposed a more sweeping measure to exempt most of the recordings from public disclosure. But amid concerns from the Louisiana Press Association and other groups, the bill was heavily rewritten.

The Senate gave final passage to the proposal with a 37-0 vote Wednesday. The House had voted 92-3 for the bill.

Body camera video or audio recordings made while the police officer “is not acting in the scope of his official duties” - like in a private security detail - also would be exempt from disclosure if deemed to violate someone’s privacy rights.


Senate Bill 398: www.legis.la.gov

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