Journalists Argue For Release Of D.C. Police Body Camera Footage

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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press appealed the Washington, D.C., police department's refusal to release video footage from the first two days its officers began wearing "body cams" as part of a six-month pilot program, which had been touted as a means to greater transparency. The police department denied access to all 128 body-worn camera videos from Oct. 1-2 in their entirety, claiming that it is unable to redact "the faces, names, and other identifying information regarding arrestees, suspects, victims, and witnesses are exempt from disclosure as unwarranted invasions of personal privacy . . .

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