Access to Police Body-Worn Camera Video

See a current and comprehensive summary of legislation on access to police videos compiled the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Access to Police Body-Worn Camera Video

State legislation and case law

Access to Police Body-Worn Camera Video

This map shows the current status of state legislation and police department policies regarding public access to police body-worn cameras (“bodycams” or “BWCs”) around the United States under public records laws.

This map shows the current status of state legislation and police department policies regarding public access to police body-worn cameras (“body cams” or “BWCs”) around the United States under public records laws. The color of the state indicates the status of legislation regarding access to BWC videos

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  • Blue = Legislation regarding public accessibility to body-worn camera footage has been proposed, but not passed.
  • Yellow = A law has been passed regarding public access to body-worn camera footage.
  • Brown = No laws regarding public access to body-worn camera footage have been passed. However, some states have introduced or passed bills regarding the implementation of BWCs that do not directly address the question of whom should have public access.
  • Green = A court case has decided the rules regarding public access to body-worn camera footage. Click the state to read more about the decision.

Police department policies can be found by clicking on the black camera icons. The wording of each department’s policy regarding public access is shown in the description section. Please note — some police departments that have deployed body cameras may not have a written policy.

Department policies

Because only a few states have passed state-wide rules regarding public access to BWC footage, most police departments are left to determine their own rules. As more states pass regulations, individual policies may change to comply with the state’s uniform policies.

Updates

The Reporters Committee will update this map as new information becomes available. If you have information that you would like to contribute to this map, please let us know, or send email directly to hotline [at] rcfp.org with “Body cam update” in the subject line.

 

List of cities included on the map:

Alabama: Birmingham

Arizona: FlagstaffLake Havasu CityOro ValleyPhoenixSurpriseTucson

ArkansasLittle RockPine Bluff

CaliforniaAnaheimChicoFresnoHaywardLos AngelesMercedModestoNew Menlo ParkOaklandPalo AltoRialtoSan DiegoSan FranciscoSan JoseSanta RosaSonoma

ColoradoDenverFort Collins

ConnecticutEast Haven

DelawareDover

District of Columbia

FloridaMariannaOrlandoSarasotaTampa

GeorgiaAtlantaValdosta

Idaho:  Coeur D’Alene

IllinoisChicago

IndianaGreenwood

IowaDes Moines, Iowa City

KansasWichita

KentuckyFlorenceLouisvilleOwensboro

LouisianaNew Orleans

Maryland: Baltimore

MassachusettsBoston

MinnesotaBurnsvilleDuluthMinneapolisSpring Lake ParkSt. Paul

MissouriFergusonSt. Charles

MontanaMissoula

NevadaLas Vegas

New Mexico: El Paso, Albuquerque

New YorkIthacaNew York CityNiagara FallsTompkins

North CarolinaCarrboroCharlotteDavidsonGreensboro

North DakotaGrand Forks

OhioCincinnatiClevelandColumbusOhio State University

Oklahoma: Oklahoma CityTulsa

OregonEugeneMedfordPortlandTigard

Rhode Island

South CarolinaCharlestonMyrtle Beach

TennesseeAlcoaNashvilleUniversity of Tennessee

TexasAransas PassAustinDallasDeSotoFort WorthHoustonRockportTylerWaxahachie

UtahSalt Lake CityWest Valley City

VermontBurlington

VirginiaGordonsville

WashingtonAirway HeightsBainbridge IslandBellinghamLiberty LakePoulsboPullmanSeattleSpokane

WisconsinEau ClaireLa CrosseMilwaukeeWhitewater

WyomingMills

 

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