Police recording legislation could damage police and public relationship
Gov. McCrory's signing of legislation that would restrict the release of police body and dash camera footage comes at a precarious time concerning police and public relations across the country. The law has sparked debate, with some senior law enforcement officials speaking out against the measure and urging for greater transparency.
Police Chief Harold Medlock believes the public and police are best served when more body camera footage is released. Medlock is the former deputy police chief in Charlotte.
McCrory said he believes the law still ensures transparency.
The American Civil Liberties Union of N.C. criticized the legislation, saying it would hinder the public’s right to know how they are being policed.
“Body cameras should be a tool to make law enforcement more transparent and accountable to the communities they serve, but this shameful law will make it nearly impossible to achieve those goals,” Susanna Birdsong, policy counsel for the ACLU of North Carolina, said in a statement.