The Latest: Court hears public access issues on police video


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on arguments before the Ohio Supreme Court over media access to video footage from police body-cameras and dash cams (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Ohio Supreme Court justices have questioned attorneys over whether videos from police body-cameras are public records and when they should be released.

News organizations including The Associated Press sued Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE’-turs) last year when he initially refused to release police body-camera video from the July 19 fatal shooting of a black motorist in a traffic stop by a white University of Cincinnati officer.

Deters’ attorney told the justices Tuesday he believed the lawsuit was moot, because the video was later released.

Attorney Jack Greiner (GREYE’-nur), who represented the media organizations, compared the footage to an initial incident report, arguing it should not be classified as a confidential investigatory record.

The court also heard arguments in a related case involving police dash cam videos.

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12:43 a.m.

The Ohio Supreme Court is hearing arguments over access to police body-camera videos.

News organizations including The Associated Press sued Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE’-turs) last year when he initially refused to release police body-camera video from the July 19 fatal shooting of a black motorist in a traffic stop by a white University of Cincinnati officer.

Deters asked the court to throw out the lawsuit, because he released the video after the officer was indicted on charges including murder.

But he has indicated interest in having the court consider the overall issue of releasing video during investigations.

The court is hearing that case Tuesday along with a related case involving police dash cam videos and whether they can be shielded as investigative records.

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