TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and a group of civil rights organizations are opposing a police body camera bill in the Florida Legislature, saying it too often shields the videos from public view.READ MORE: New Travel Restrictions In Place, Dow Drops 905 Points Over New COVID Variant Concerns
The groups said in a news release that they favor the idea of police body cameras.
However, they said Florida Senate bill 248 would too often exempt the videos from public records requests.READ MORE: Black Friday Shoppers Out Early Hoping To Score Deals
They supported the bill until amendments were added to keep videos private if they were taken in a home, school or health care facility, or if they include footage of a minor.
It also exempts videos obtained at emergency scenes or anywhere that individuals have an expectation of privacy.MORE NEWS: Cold Fronts Bring More Than Just Cool Dry Air To South Florida
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