KS Senate committee weighs bill making access to body cam footage easier

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee will make it a requirement for the release of body cam footage after a major event involving police.

“A family member, or someone that’s a guardian that has legal approval from the family, can make a request and within 24 hours they would be able to see the footage,” Sen. Molly Baumgardner (R- Louisburg) explained.

The bill also says after 30 days, if a request is made, the video would be made available to the media.

Some have voiced concerned that it could harm a police investigation.

“What this bill really does is, it codifies across the state that it doesn’t matter where you live, or where the incident occurs, that you have a standard,” said Sen. Baumgardner.

A hearing on the bill has not been set. It was introduced to the committee last week.

There is a similar bill in the House Judiciary, but that bill introduced by Topeka Democratic Representative John Alcala says police must release such video after 24 hours.