Here at The Watch, we've emphasized over and over that the public benefit to outfitting cops with body cameras will only be as good as the rules governing their use. Unfortunately, many state legislators and policymakers are reacting to the "war on cops" narrative by giving all the control to police agencies. That isn't a recipe for accountability.
North Carolina, for example, passed legislation last year excluding body camera video from the public record, so footage is not available through North Carolina's Public Records Act. That means civilians have no right to view police recordings in the Tar Heel state unless their voice or image was captured in the video.
Louisiana also exempts body camera video from public records laws.