Columbus, police union reach deal on body camera usage


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio’s capital city can review body camera footage before they file reports or make statements under newly agreed upon rules.

Columbus officials released their agreement with the police union on Thursday.

Union officials say the deal represents a win-win scenario. They say neither side received everything they wanted.

City officials say body cameras strengthen relationships between police and community, reduce police use of force and reduce citizen complaints against officers.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the American Civil Liberties Union has opposed letting officers see body camera footage before filing reports. The group says body cameras don’t always capture every detail and officers can omit information that isn’t recorded.

The first officers are expected to be equipped with body cameras by the end of this year.

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