Sep 20, 2020 - Politics & Policy

New York attorney general will release body cam footage in police shootings

Letitia James.

New York Attorney General Letitia James. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New York will release the footage from body-worn cameras to the public after deadly police-involved shootings, Attorney General Letitia James announced Sunday.

Why it matters: James made the announcement after meeting with the family of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died seven days after being hooded and held down by Rochester police. The details of Prude's death came to light earlier this month.

What she's saying: "We will no longer wait for local authorities to determine when videos should be made available," James tweeted.

  • "Up until now, the release of footage has been up to the discretion of local authorities. This process has caused confusion, delays, and has hampered transparency in a system that should be as open as possible. I am changing that."
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