Fifty-fifth Legislature

Second Regular Session

House: MAPS DP 8-6-0-1

HB 2081: law enforcement video recordings; redactions

Sponsor: Representative Kavanagh, LD 23

Caucus & COW


Requires law enforcement agencies (Agencies) to redact portions of body-worn camera video recordings that depict a person who is not a subject of a police investigation, or enforcement action, before releasing a copy of the video to the public.


Body-worn cameras are relatively small devices that record interactions between community members (e.g., the public, suspects and victims) and law enforcement officers (LEOs).  The video evidence is uploaded through a docking station on a local storage device (e.g., server) or through an online web-based digital media storage platform where the evidence can be encrypted and managed.  Some models allow for the video to be uploaded while in the field.


1.   States that before Agencies publicly release a video recording from an officer's body-worn camera, the Agencies must redact a person's face or identifiable body part if that person is not the subject of a police investigation or enforcement action and any of the following apply:

a)   the person was in a private place not open to the public;

b)   the person was in a public location with an expectation of privacy;

c)   the person is the victim, or witness to a crime; or

d)   the person was partially clothed. (Sec. 1)

2.   Excludes individuals who provide Agencies with a written waiver authorizing the release of the video without redactions, and on duty LEOs. (Sec. 1)

☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal Note



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