Gov. Evers signs police body camera bill

Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill into law on Friday afternoon, which regulates the storage and use of footage recorded by police body cameras.

The bill requires police departments to retain body camera footage for at least 120 days, and the footage must be retained longer in the event of a critical incident such as a physical injury, an arrest, or any encounter that includes the use of force by a law enforcement officer.

The bill also states clearly that this data is subject to Open Records laws, and police departments cannot alter or destroy footage upon receipt of an Open Records Request.

In the event that footage is to be released, the bill protects privacy rights by obscuring minors or victims of sensitive or violent crimes that may be depicted in footage with pixelization or another form of redaction.

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