Lawmakers Reject Bill to Develop Local Body Camera Policies

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California lawmakers have rejected a bill to require law enforcement agencies to develop policies on body cameras as Democrats push for statewide regulation.

The Assembly on Monday voted 34-3 on the proposal by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, falling short of the votes needed for passage.

The San Dimas Republican’s SB175 would have directed agencies that require officers to wear body cameras to develop a policy, such as when and how long cameras are worn, how long to store video and the procedures for public and officer access to recordings.

It also sought to direct communities to develop offer training on using body cameras.

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using cameras to record their interactions with the public as police shooting draw scrutiny.

Democrats prefer to develop a statewide policy.