Denver Department of Public Safety explains new body camera footage policy

FOX31 (Denver): In an effort to hold public leaders accountable, journalists request surveillance video and body camera footage on a regular basis.

Denver’s Department of Public Safety says it has some new guidelines about how they decide to release that video.

Often times, journalists are told releasing the video will ruin an investigation.

“I believe that there are situations where the release of the video is really in the public interest,” Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said.

At a press conference, Denver’s DA and other city leaders talked about their new policy — one that would allow videos to be released before investigations are complete.

They said requests for footage are frequently denied because not all of the witnesses have been interviewed.

“We are required under Colorado case law to perform a case-by-case analysis, weighing all of the interests before we make a determination on the release of this,” Records Administrator Mary Dulacki said.

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