As a debate continues about body cameras and public records, a local state representative is pushing a bill that will attempt to define when videos should be public and when police can withhold them from public release.
State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, has proposed a bill that states that body camera video is generally a public record, except if it’s taken in a private home or business, involves the victim of a sex crime or is part of a confidential ongoing investigation.
Here are five examples of must-see body camera footage optained by this news organization:
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office released body-camera footage, radio traffic and other documents related to an officer-involved shooting. New Carlisle News staff photographer Andy Grimm was shot by Clark County Sheriff’s deputy Jake Shaw in the incident in September.
Englewood police released body camera video of a standoff that turned deadly in September 2016. The man who police say fatally shot himself after firing at Englewood officers was identified as 24-year-old Clarence Sanford of Englewood, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
For his quick actions in saving a life at a crash in January, Xenia Officer Patrick Walsh was awarded the Casey Elliott Memorial “City’s Finest” Award. The Casey Elliott Award, named after a former patrolman and captain who served the Xenia community for 35 years, is the highest honor in the Xenia Police Division and was presented to Walsh as part of the division’s 26th annual awards ceremony.
All five people who overdosed within an hour and a half in Sidney in September will live, according to Sidney Police Chief Will Balling. Balling said officers were dispatched on two separate overdose calls, with police finding two overdose patients during their first call. Dash and body camera footage shows officers dropping off the victims only to return an hour later on a report of three overdose patients in a car in the hospital’s parking lot.
Clark County deputies who found the child in a wooded area in August 2016 said she was wearing a days-old diaper and had some scratches on her legs, but she wasn’t injured worse, especially in the heat. A body camera the officer was wearing during the search captured images and sounds from the rescue. The child can be heard screaming in the video. When Irons heard the child, she said a sense of relief filled her.