The law sets rules on what body-camera footage is presumed to be private under the Public Records Act, among other things. Seattle police leaders support it.

Share story

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that seeks to keep police body-camera videos available to the public while limiting broad requests for the footage.

Inslee signed House Bill 2362 Friday. The measure, which Seattle police leaders supported, sets rules on what body-camera footage is presumed to be private under the Public Records Act, sets up a task force to examine best practices for their use and it encourages police agencies that plan to use the cameras to adopt policies related to their use.

Shielded by the Law

Killings by police have surged over the past decade in Washington. But it’s nearly impossible to criminally charge police in state courts with the illegal use of deadly force on the job. Read our investigation.

Under the new law, certain videos would be presumptively private, such as footage that shows a dead body, was recorded in a home or shows a minor. Such footage would be withheld unless the requester can demonstrate that the video is of legitimate public concern.