Iowa needs sunshine — on police videos

Submitted by NFOIC on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 2:38pm

Sunshine Week will be observed across the nation this week.

The week shines a spotlight on the important role open government and citizen accountability play in our democracy. Open meetings and open records are the tools that enable the public to know what their government is doing, or not doing, in the name of the people.

In Iowa, the sunshine next week will be obscured by clouds --- at least when it comes to citizen access to videos recorded by law officers on their squad car cameras and body cameras during incidents in which police shoot someone or when officers are fired upon. (Read more here...)