Superior Police Respond to Body Camera Bill

Debate Over Privacy or Public Transperancy Heats Up

As body cameras worn by police officers become very common in Wisconsin, there are some disagreements over who exactly should be able to view the footage captured on them.

A state assembly committee met last week about a bill that would make it possible to keep much of police video private. The bill has support from police officers across Wisconsin, that feel it both protects privacy and sets statewide guidelines.

Superior’s Police Chief, Nicholas Alexander says some calls, such as ones inside people’s homes especially involving mental health situations should be kept private.

“I would like to see the assembly come up with a better bill that builds in personal protection,” said Chief Alexander. “At the same point I want it to allow for some transparency so when there are incidents the public would have legitimate interest in knowing about like use of force or officer involved shooting, the public could see or examine for themselves.”

The bill is opposed by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, which raised concerns about limitations on public access to the video records.

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