Ohio body-cam videos are considered public record but police do not have to release them right away, sorta

The ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court says that the police have the right to withhold body camera video for a reasonable amount of time for examination. Law enforcement also have a reasonable right to redact parts of the video for release.

Opinion

I understand an examination and cooling off period for up to 7 days. But the only redaction I can accept is the blurring of witnesses faces or censoring the audio of a witness so that they’re put into immediate danger. Anything else is white washing the matter. We don’t need censorship. We should see the horror of the crime to form a proper opinion. Also I think that if a media agency uses the video they have to sign an agree that they will show the full video with no further alterations.  That way people don’t get a one sided view.  This kind or editing by the media ia what really created fake news.

Citation

From: The Columbus Dispatch – Published 12/21/2016 by Randy Ludlow

The Ohio Supreme Court ducked a direct ruling on whether police body-camera videos are public records, but found Tuesday that a prosecutor acted reasonably in waiting to release video of a fatal shooting by an officer.

 

The ruling came in a case in which six media organizations sued Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters after he did not immediately release a body-camera video of a University of Cincinnati police officer shooting an unarmed motorist as the man sat in his car.

 

Deters acted lawfully in waiting six business days to release the video to the news media, the court ruled, stating that the law affords public offices time to examine records to determine whether any parts are exempt from release and must be redacted.