Oregon House OKs police body camera bills

The state House overwhelmingly approved two bills police video bills on Tuesday, sending both to the Senate

Oregon's Public Records Law is at the core of the body camera issue. (KOIN 6 News)
Oregon's Public Records Law is at the core of the body camera issue. (KOIN 6 News)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – With national attention focused on the use of force by police, the Oregon Legislature is looking to create parameters for recording video of interactions between officers and the public.

The state House overwhelmingly approved two bills police video bills on Tuesday, sending both to the Senate.

One bill would require police departments that use cameras worn by officers to come up with a policy for retaining and dispersing videos. It would allow law-enforcement agencies to keep videos secret unless ordered to release them by a judge. Officers would not be required to tell people they’re recording if doing so isn’t practical.

The other bill would make it clear that citizens have a right to videotape police activity as long as they don’t interfere

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