Legislator pulls Tennessee bill that would seal police body cam footage

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A controversial proposal that would have sealed off police body camera footage from the public is dead for the year.

Supporters said the measure would protect privacy rights of bystanders, victims and even police officers.

Public records advocates said they had no interest in getting bystander or crime victim recordings and thought citizens should have access to records in cases where police were alleged to have used unnecessary force or to have violated their own department’s policies.

It’s not clear how many police agencies in the state use body cams.

The measure, which was sponsored by Franklin Republican Rep. Glen Casada was supposed to be in place for a year.

The matter was sent Tuesday to be studied after the legislative session.