Last Week, Washington D.C.’s Council gave a first vote of approval for new body-worn camera rules that, if enacted, would give the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington D.C. some of the strongest body-worn camera policies in the nation. The new rules would not only make footage available to the public and press, but would also require officers to file an initial report, based on their recollections, before reviewing video of an incident. In order for the new rules to become law, D.C.’s Council must take a second, final vote on the bill. After that — thanks to “Home Rule” — Congress would still have to give the legislation final approval.
D.C.’s pending body-camera law, with strong civil rights protections, has passed an important hurdle — but it isn’t final yet.
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