New N.C. law will block the public from seeing dashboard and body camera videos recorded by police

New N.C. law will block the public from seeing dashboard and body camera videos recorded by police
Image from dash cam during pursuit of Marquise Hudspeth (Image: YouTube screen grab via ChrJahnsen)

Videos released by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department of the fatal encounter between officers and Keith Lamont Scott could be the last such footage that North Carolina authorities share with the public.

Scott died on September 20. In the five days since the shooting, protesters have demanded that Charlotte Police release video footage of the incident.

Initially, Police Chief Kerr Putney chose not to immediately release the camera footage, only doing so amid pressure from the public. Release of another video from one of Scott’s family members also added to the calls for police to release their footage.

Putney’s decision may be one of the final times a police chief will relent to public pressure.

That’s because a new law that goes into effect on October 1, exactly one week after the Scott footage was released, is set to block the public from obtaining similar kinds of recordings from body cameras or dashboard cameras.

Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the legislation two months ago, has said the law would balance “public trust” with the rights and safety of police officers.

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