Where the City Attorney Candidates Fall on Releasing Police Body Camera Footage

By February 4, 2016In The News

Robert Hickey, a deputy district attorney, said disclosure needs to give way to concerns for privacy, civil rights and due process.

“Transparency is the default position, but due process trumps from time to time, especially on timing,” he said.

That opens the possibility, though, for a disclosure rule that exists only in theory: With enough reasons for withholding camera footage, keeping the footage private becomes the de facto default position. That, Hickey said, is where a policy could be helpful.

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