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To build public trust, police video must be seen

One part of a welcome open-records bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Sam Brownback went the other direction, classifying audio and video footage from police body and cruiser cameras as criminal investigation records exempted from public disclosure. The final version was better than an earlier proposal, which would have closed such video records permanently. And every state and community is working through the challenging privacy concerns with this footage. But body and cruiser cameras can best build public trust in law enforcement if the public can see the video, which will make this law something for Kansans and their legislators to update as needed. – Rhonda Holman