Pa. Attorney: Bill increasing police body cams shouldn’t limit access to records

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 976, which would curtail public access to police body camera video and force anyone who wants access to go through a court process, has reached the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee after passing the Republican-controlled Senate last month.

Senators passed the bill 45-5 to change the state's Wiretap Act to allow police to wear body cameras into private homes and public spaces without having to explicitly inform everyone they encounter that they are wearing a camera.

A memo included in the legislation clarifies that police officers may record interviews with suspects or witnesses inside police facilities.