- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A new draft policy for Salt Lake City would require the release of body camera footage from an officer-involved shooting six months after the incident takes place.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2kNW7Ns ) that Mayor Jackie Biskupski praised the proposal released Monday, saying it’s a compromise between public interest and due process. But Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill says the proposal is a threat to constitutional rights.

Under the proposed policy, outside agencies investigating or prosecuting cases related to officer-involved shootings would need to provide the city’s police department with a written argument against public disclosure. That request would need to be renewed every month for 180 days, when the footage would then get released.

The draft policy comes after Gill declined to release body camera footage showing the February 2016 shooting of then-17-year-old Abdullahi “Abdi” Mohamed. The video was finally released to the public last week.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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