D.C. body-cam program highlights issues of national concern
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D.C. body-cam access aired on Newseum TV

D.C. is at forefront of national debate over need to protect public access with sensitivity to crime victims' privacy concerns.

Flagstaff, Ariz., body camera video captures fatal encounter
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Coalition updates nationwide body cam access report

Find out how states, cities are addressing thorny issues of collection, retention and public access.

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Coalition's first amicus brief tests Council exemption claim

Superior Court ruling would create 'FOIA black hole' from which Council records might never escape.

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 12:35pm

The Washington Post editorial board wrote this morning (21) praising the “rigor and openness” of D.C. police internal trial board proceedings, concluding “it’s good that the D.C. police department recognized the importance of transparency, and that it has moved to hold accountable the officer whose actions caused what was determined to be an unnecessary death.”  The Post didn't mention the shroud of secrecy still obscuring the other half of the story, concerning the other officer involved,  the driver of the speeding cruiser that night.

Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 9:26am

Voting Tuesday (15) for a measure to place the beleaguered Office of Open Government squarely under the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA), the Council abandoned the concept of “an independent agency to promote open governance in the District of Columbia” that it enacted eight years ago.