Posts Tagged ‘law enforcement records’

Law Enforcement Video Camera Records: An Ongoing National Debate About Transparency

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

In my post here, I described how North Carolina’s public records laws may apply to law enforcement body and vehicle video camera records. [I’ve recently updated that post to note a newly promulgated records retention standard for these records.] The push for transparency and for more documentation of law enforcement-citizen interactions through the use of video […]

How Public Are Law Enforcement Vehicle or Body Camera Videos? (Not Very, in North Carolina.)

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

[Update: Legislation clarifying the status of vehicle and body-worn camera recordings under the North Carolina public records law was enacted in July, 2016. The law is summarized in a blog post here.] “We may have reached the point where video technology is producing a full-fledged revolution in policing. That revolution has been crystalized, or at least […]

Are Mug Shots Public Records?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

This may seem like a silly question. Mug shots (more formally, “booking photographs”) are everywhere, posted for free, searchable on line, sold in magazines at convenience stores, and regularly provided by law enforcement agencies. I never considered the question of whether North Carolina law enforcement agencies could withhold mug shots until a lawyer at the […]