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.

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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

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Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 4:24pm

As the firehose of information swells apace, many organizations and outlets are providing a handy aggregator (21st century term for "clipping service") so you can quickly catch up on a lot.  Here's the Open Government Coalition version for the dog days of July-August:

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 3:02am

New data on public requests in 2017 for video from D.C. police body-worn cameras show volume and costs remain far less than forecast during the heated debate in 2015. 

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser fought to prohibit public access, in part with forecasts that the District faced sky-high costs--more than a million dollars a year--for new staff to handle time-consuming review of an expected 4,500 requests a year.  The projections lacked any foundation, as there was scant BWC experience nationwide at the time. With the small evidence available (that showed nothing like such costs), the Coalition rebutted the estimates and joined many community voices in successfully urging the Council that regular FOIA procedures were adequate to protect all the interests involved.

Data obtained by the Open Government Coalition on BWC video requests in fiscal year 2017 (October 2016 to September 2017) show a total of 155 (requesting 191 separate videos), or three a week, a trickle compared to the 936 regular FOIA requests in the same time period (the most of any DC agency).