Forum will look at current law on police body-cam video

A discussion of laws and practices surrounding police body-cam video and other police information will be held Jan. 19 in St. Paul.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, the 10:30 a.m. event will be at the Rondo Library Meeting Room, 461 Dale St. N., St Paul.

Organizers say: 

The push is on to equip police officers with body cameras that create a record of incidents as they happen, reducing the need to rely solely on the memories of the officers, victims and witnesses. But what does current Minnesota law say about how and when the public gets to see the video and examine other police information? What does the law say about the Jamar Clark investigation?

Panelists will include Don Gemberling, an expert on the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and reporters Mara Gottfried of the Pioneer Press and Abby Simons of the Star Tribune, who’ve covered the police beat. The moderator will be MNCOGI Board Chair Gary Hill.

The event is free but seating is limited, so online registration is required here.

MNCOGI board members are James Barnum; John Borger; Helen Burke, treasurer; Bill Bushey; Hal Davis; Pat Doyle; Duchesne Drew; Matt Ehling, secretary; Don Gemberling;  Ibrahim Hirsi; Nancy Herther; Gary Hill, chair;  Jane Kirtley; Heidi Kittrosser; Amy Springer Riegelman; Sharon Schmickle; James Shiffer; and Tom Steward.

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