Editorial: Body camera footage is public

Body cameras are about accountability. They are good for citizens and they are good for police officers.

Especially important in the wake of recent encounters that resulted in death, officers who wear body cameras can provide greater accountability to the people they protect — and at the same time protect themselves from false accusations.

In a move to limit this, new bills introduced in both the Michigan House and Senate – including legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge – will amend the current code to include body camera footage in the list of exemptions from public access. Continue…