Appeals court rules dashcam videos open

Appeals court rules dashcam videos open

CREATED May 31, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state appeals court has ruled that police dashboard camera videos are a public record subject to release under Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

In a Friday ruling, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals overturned a decision by a Rogers County District Court judge that such videos were not a public record subject to disclosure.

The ruling was appealed by Vinita attorney Josh Lee who often represents clients charged with alcohol and driving related criminal offenses.

Lee described the appellate court's ruling as a good ruling for ``anyone who's a fan of open government.'' Open government advocates also praised the ruling as a victory for the public.

An attorney for the defendants in the case, including the city of Claremore, did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

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