Iowa law vague on police video footage as open records, officials say

When police cameras roll, they can capture captivating and informative images.  But not all of those videos are being released for public consumption.

In part because of haziness in Iowa law, disputes have arisen over when police dashboard and body camera footage should be made public and when it can be withheld by law enforcement.

“I don’t think there’s any uniform view,” said Margaret Johnson, the acting interim executive director for the Iowa Public Information Board, which manages information regarding and disputes concerning the state’s open records and open meetings laws.