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Southern Indiana police department to ditch body cams

June 16, 2016

A southern Indiana police department will stop using body cameras because the chief thinks a new law will let too many people view the footage.

Clarksville police Chief Mark Palmer told the Jeffersonville News and Tribune that the law will let the "nosy neighbor" view footage. He also says a provision requiring police to store footage for at least 190 days would be too costly.

The law was approved by lawmakers this year and goes into effect July 1. It allows those who are recorded to review footage. It also allows families and lawyers for dead people who are recorded to review footage, as well as those whose homes, business or properties are depicted.

Police are exempted from showing footage that could compromise an investigation.

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