Two more editorials from major media outlets are blasting the new state law regulating access to video derived from police body cameras that’s set to go into effect on Saturday. This is from an editorial in the Winston-Salem Journal entitled “Legislature needs to repeal police cam law”:
“After last week’s shooting in Charlotte, we again urge the legislature to rescind its wrongheaded law that will prevent most police body cam- and dashboard footage from being made public. Transparency is everything in public trust.…
In a press release last week, Andy Miller, the president of the N.C. Sheriff Police Alliance, defended the law, stating, ‘The new Body Camera Law … all but eliminates the typical political agendas of different politicians and narrative movement groups.’
But it should be obvious that no political agendas or opinions were eliminated because these recordings were kept out of the public eye. Instead, the withholding made the situation worse….
Law-enforcement officers perform a difficult and sometimes dangerous task that’s necessary for society to function smoothly. For the most part, officers operate with courage and integrity, which video footage can verify.
In a relative few cases, a bad apple misbehaves. Video footage can verify that, also. But not if it’s buried.
It’s not too late for the legislature to repeal this wrongheaded law.”
Click here to read the entire editorial.
And this is from a WRAL.com/Capitol Broadcasting editorial entitled “Outcry over Charlotte police shooting shows NC’s police body cam law needs revision”: