In the meantime, departments have their own systems for how they deal with requests for video.
Where policies are not clear on this issue, we have attempted to fill in some of the gaps with links to reporting.
“A citizen who had direct and primary interaction with an officer wearing a BWC” can request their confidential information not be redacted.
If a recording cannot be redacted, it can be viewed but not copied. Media reports indicate recordings won’t be released unless required by a criminal or civil court proceeding, or – on “extraordinary occasions” – at the discretion of police officials.
Process for law enforcement agencies to request access is not specified.
In general, Police Commissioner must authorize access in writing.
A video that is not part of an active investigation is subject to public records requests if it depicts firearm discharge or use of force by an officer resulting in substantial bodily harm; if a subject requests it be public (with non-consenting civilian subjects redacted in any copies); or if it is “public personnel data.” The department may redact video portions that are “clearly offensive to common sensibilities.” Any person may bring action in district court to challenge decision to withhold video.
MN law allows videos to be shared with another law enforcement agency for a “legitimate, specified” law enforcement purpose when authorized by the chief of police.Data shall not “be used to create a database or pool of mug shots.”Recordings may be viewed, but not copied, by: the media with a court order, or a person submitting a request for a specific recording identified by date, time, or other particularity.Recordings that are criminal intelligence, records of a criminal investigation, evidence, or associated with a personnel investigation may not be viewed.These fusion centers pull in copious data that is tenuously related to crime or terrorism and generally retain it for long periods of time, and have been castigated as endangering citizens’ civil liberties with little counterterrorism value to show for it.At the same time, departments will occasionally need to be able to share evidentiary videos relating to a specific video with other law enforcement agencies.This question is often not at the discretion of the police departments or specific to BWC video.