LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Body-worn camera footage worn by police officers is public record, but it still resulted in a nearly year-long process for CCSD officials to release the video from an incident at Durango High School last year.
According to online sources, the purpose of police body cams is to hold officers accountable for their actions. The idea is that officers will be less likely to break the rules if there is a video record of all their actions.
Police body cameras are funded by taxpayer money, and therefore the video captured on those cameras legally belongs to the public. In the case of the incident at Durango High School, the withholding of that video threw a wrench in the process.
Nevada Highway Patrol officers began wearing body cameras when interacting with the public in 2015. In 2017, the law was extended to all police officers in the state.
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