Task Force Looks Into Police Body Cameras

The Fredericksburg, Va. Police Department has introduced the use portable video camera devices worn by all on-duty officers. The Taser Axon Flex is the product in use. (Copyright, Robert A. Martin/Freelance)

By Staff 8-2,2016

A task force of state lawmakers and others is looking at whether Wyoming should adopt a law regulating the use of body cameras by police departments.

The Task Force on Digital Information Privacy considered two proposals during a meeting Monday in Casper.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2axjYwb ) that one proposal assumed that under most circumstances any videos taken by the body cameras would be public. Another assumed they would not.

A law enforcement group opposes public release of police video, while a newspaper group says there should be some public access to police videos.

The task force instructed legislative staff to draft a third proposal that would cover concerns from both sides and will be considered at a future meeting.