Local & Regional
Tue December 1, 2009
DashCams Open Records
By Associated Press
Oklahoma City, OK – Lawmaker wants DPS recordings to be made public
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A state senator has filed a bill that would allow audio and video recordings of the Department of Public Safety to be made public.
The bill by Sen. Jim Wilson, a Tahlequah Democrat, would amend the Oklahoma Open Records Act to include the recordings, which now do not fall under the definition of a "record."
Wilson says releasing the recordings would provide the public more transparency into the actions of the agency, of which the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is a part.
Wilson cited a recent case involving a confrontation between an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper and a Creek Nation paramedic. In that case, the OHP initially refused to release video from the trooper's dashboard camera but later relented and made the video public.