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Police body-cam video public in 10 days under new SLC policy

October 18, 2017

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, left, and Salt Lake City Chief of Police Mike Brown, look on as Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski speak during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City officials say police body camera video will become public record 10 business days after officer-involved shootings and other incidents. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City officials say police body camera video will become public record 10 business days after officer-involved shootings and other incidents.

The new policy announced Tuesday comes after two videos have thrown Salt Lake City police into a critical spotlight in recent months: A shooting that killed a black man after he ran from police and the rough arrest of a nurse over a disputed blood draw.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski says the new policy balances transparency with the need for due process as video recordings become a larger part of the national narrative.

She says the videos will be released after public-records requests, barring any unusual circumstances.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says videos could be withheld if investigators haven’t been able to contact all witnesses, for example.

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