A recent Appellate Court decision ruled that police body camera footage can be shown to the public.
The court rejected the police union’s argument that the footage should not be released as it constituted personnel records and is protected under Civil Rights Law 50 (a).
The court ruled that the public’s right to “transparency and accountability” outweighs the police department’s stated concerns that releasing the video could threaten officer safety.
See Patrolman’s Benevolent Ass’n. of the City of New York v. Bill DeBlasio, et al.