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North Carolina AG says body camera law needs fixing

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s chief law enforcement officer and Democratic challenger for governor, Roy Cooper, says the state’s new law excluding police camera recordings from the public record goes too far in withholding information from the public.

The law allows a person shown in a video to ask police to see it but not copy it. The department can deny such requests, citing concerns about safety, reputation or an ongoing investigation. Then it would be up to a judge.

Attorney General Cooper said Tuesday that recordings from body cameras and dashboard cameras should instead be treated as public record, with some exemptions for crime victims or investigations.

Gov. Pat McCrory says the law he signed Monday properly balances transparency, fairness and privacy.

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