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New poll: A majority in NC believe police footage should be public

Last week we talked to Jonathan Jones of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition about police videos as public records.

This week, a new Elon University poll shows that a majority of North Carolinians agree that all police camera footage should be public.

In the poll, 58 percent of respondents said all such footage should be public. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said police should be able to restrict public release of the videos and six percent said they didn’t know.

The issue has gained prominence after Charlotte police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott last month, leading to protests and unrest that led to a state of emergency.

Police released video of the shooting only after intense public pressure.

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