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Indiana Senate committee set to consider police video bill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An Indiana Senate committee is set to consider an overhaul of a bill allowing law enforcement agencies to withhold police video.

Changes to the bill due to be heard Wednesday include requiring law enforcement agencies to justify that video must be kept private because it might harm someone or influence a court trial. That would switch the burden of proof from the original bill, which required the person requesting the video to prove the release would not cause harm.

Committee Chairman Brent Steele of Bedford has said the bill would not advance without changes.

Supporters of the proposal say it would protect the privacy of people who are featured in police video. But media groups and public access advocates argue withholding the video would hurt transparency within law enforcement agencies.