Duluth wants some police footage kept private

Published 9:36 am Tuesday, December 30, 2014

DULUTH — The city of Duluth says some of the video taken by police body cameras should be kept private. But, the state says no. 

Patrol officers in Duluth have been wearing body cameras since July. The cameras promote transparency, but they’re also raising privacy concerns about video taken inside private residences. One case involves an officer-involved shooting last August.

The city recently asked the state to temporarily classify some police video as private until the Minnesota Legislature can address the issue. The request listed several categories of concern, including mental health crises and domestic assault responses. The state denied that request.

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Stacie Christiansen is director of the Information Policy Analysis Division in the state Department of Administration. She said anything that takes place in a home would be public, if there wasn’t an active investigation.