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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Evansville Police Dept. backtracks on body camera viewing fee"

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, which quoted a note from an ILB reader ("I believe charging $37.50 per hour to view the videos would violate IC 5-14-3-8(b)"), Shannon Hall of the Evansville Courier & Press reports today [ILB emphasis]:

A day after announcing increased fees for the public to obtain and view body camera footage, Evansville police are backtracking on at least one of the charges.

Assistant Police Chief Chris Pugh told the Courier & Press Wednesday night that the EPD will not charge an hourly rate of $37.50 for members of the public to view body camera footage. The change comes one day after police announced a new online request form that detailed the costs.

Pugh said the decision was made after the department spoke with its attorneys.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Indiana Law Blog updated a post that claimed the hourly fee, first outlined in the form, violated state law regarding access to public records. Under state law, public agencies cannot charge a fee for citizens to inspect public records.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 18, 2016 10:07 AM
Posted to Indiana Government