New body camera law goes into effect Friday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Beginning July 1, a new body camera law goes into effect giving police agencies across the state the right to withhold release of their footage for certain reasons.

But it also gives the public some rights.

If your family member is killed, you'll have the right to watch the footage at least twice. However, police don't have to give you a copy of the video.

If you do want a copy, you can request it from police. If they refuse, you can challenge them in court. They will have the burden of proof and must convince a judge that by releasing the video, it would put someone or the public at risk of harm, interfere with a person's right to a fair trail, affect an ongoing investigation, or would not serve the public's interest.

"If it's part of an active police investigation that's open or the video captured something that was of evidentiary value, we couldn't release that stuff either," explained Greenwood's Assistant Police Chief Matt Fillenwarth.

The new law also requires police departments to keep their videos for 190 days. That would allow citizens six months to file a tort claim.

"The body worn cameras have been awesome as far as clearing those complaints," said Fillenwarth. "It gives the officers such a feeling of protection now that you can't get those guys to not run those cameras."

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