Charlotte shooting renews debate over NC bodycam law

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The fatal officer-involved shooting in Charlotte has renewed debate about a new law in North Carolina regarding body cameras and dashcam video.

Starting Oct. 1, law enforcement agencies aren’t allowed to release footage from body cameras or dashboard cameras, except to other government agencies for law enforcement, administrative or training purposes.

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The video is not presumed to be public record.

If a request for video is denied, an appeal can be made to a judge.

The ACLU has called the law “shameful” but Senate President Phil Berger disagrees.

“We’ve created a process where you’ll have a judge who, hopefully, will be removed from that political influence making that decision if there’s a question about releasing,” Berger said.

The law passed this summer with large majorities in the North Carolina House and Senate.

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