Proposed Virginia bill would require police to release body cam footage within 15 days

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/WFXR) — Several criminal justice reform bills are making their way through the General Assembly, including one dealing with police body camera footage.

House Bill 1941, authored by Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), would require police officers to release audio and video recordings within 15 days of a violent incident.

Specifically, this applies if an officer discharges their gun, uses a stun gun, or other chemical agent on a person and it results in serious bodily injury or death.

The bill calls on law enforcement agencies to post the recordings on a website or other public space.

It also states, “any person denied the rights and privileges conferred may proceed to enforce such rights and privileges by filing a petition for mandamus or injunction pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.”

The Virginia NAACP is backing this bill, along with several others including HB2291, HB2325, and HB2226.

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