Target: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
Goal: Denounce legislation that allows police to withhold body and dashboard camera footage from the public.
The public will soon be prevented from obtaining footage captured by police body and dashboard cameras in North Carolina. As the public demands to see footage of a police shooting of an unarmed citizen, North Carolina legislators are doing their best to make sure no such videos ever emerge again.
The topic of body cameras on police has become a national talking point after several fatal shootings of unarmed citizens. In many instances, police testimony has been either inconsistent or inaccurate. Camera footage remains the best way to objectively analyze a situation. Cameras show only the facts and are incapable of inventing alibis or false stories.
The old law in North Carolina listed dashboard camera records as public, making them open to any citizen who requested them. The new law, however, makes dashboard and body camera footage private property, meaning that police departments can withhold any incriminating information.
For years, police have used the mantra “if you have nothing hide, you have nothing to fear,” yet in this instance they are blatantly attempting to hide evidence. Sign the petition below and voice your disapproval of this new law.
Dear Mr. McCrory,
I am writing to express my serious concern about your state’s new law that privatizes footage captured from police body and dashboard cameras. Footage of this nature was once public record, but now it is available only to law enforcement agencies. Withholding such information from the public represents a serious privacy and safety concern.
In several recent incidents involving the shooting of unarmed citizens, police testimony has been either inconsistent or incorrect, and the public deserves an impartial observer. Cameras cannot lie or create alibis; they can only show the events as they happened. Law enforcement officials are fond of the phrase “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear,” but in this instance they are the ones trying to obscure or even deny evidence.
I urge you to do everything in your power to recall this law and prevent police from hiding incriminating evidence.
[Your Name Here]
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