Nixon signs Missouri bill limiting access to police videos

Posted at 4:26 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 18:00:06-04
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill into law that will restrict access to video from police car dashboard and body cameras.
Nixon signed the legislation Friday. It will close video footage until investigations are finished.
It also allows recordings in nonpublic areas to be closed except to those in the videos.
People who want to view closed police videos will need to go to court and are not permitted to show the video or describe it without first contacting whoever is in the video.
Proponents argued guidance on access to police footage will encourage police departments to adopt body cameras. Transparency advocates raised concerns that chipping away at state open records law will reduce accountability.
Nixon also vetoed a bill to limit public access to some agricultural data.