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Legislature Passes Bill To Restrict Public Access To Police Videos

A bill to restrict the public's access to police videos from dashboard and body cameras passed the Oklahoma state Senate and is headed to the governor's desk.

The Senate voted 44-2 on Thursday for the bill that adds dozens of new exemptions to the state's Open Records Act for law enforcement entities.

Under the bill, police and sheriffs will be allowed to withhold from the public videos that depict deaths or acts of violence, unless such acts were committed by a law enforcement officer.

They also would be able to keep secret videos that depict nudity, identities of certain crime victims, informants, personal medical information, details about innocent people, or the identity of officers under investigation until the completion of the investigation.

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