Proposal would expand police recorder use in PA

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 19, 2013 2:40 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A proposal is advancing in the state Senate to allow police officers to use recording devices more broadly without court approval.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the bill.

It would expand the current exemption from court approval that exists for video and audio recorders that are mounted in law-enforcement vehicles.

The sponsor, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart Greenleaf, says it would expand the exemption to officers who use a recording device while on a motorcycle, a horse, a bicycle or on foot.

The recording devices must be approved by the state police and can't be used inside a person's residence.

Andrew Hoover of the American Civil Liberties Union says he's concerned about whether officers would be allowed to selectively turn off a recorder.

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