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Should Everyone Get to See Body-Camera Video?

By Robinson Meyer & Campaign Zero

Insight: Since the technology debuted on the national stage last August, one of the most critical questions asked of police departments adopting body cameras has been: Who gets to see?

If a police officer has a hostile encounter with a teenager on the street, but neither of them are badly injured, does the teenager have a right to see video of the incident recorded from the officer’s body camera? If an officer is invited inside the home of a domestic-violence victim, will that victim be able to tell the cop not to record?

A police officer holds a body camera in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Rick Wilking / Reuters)

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