Pa. court rules police videos can be public records

    A Pennsylvania court says police videos recorded in public places are subject to public disclosure, although they may contain investigative portions that can be redacted.

    A three-judge Commonwealth Court panel said in Tuesday’s decision that mobile video recorders show how police carry out their duties. The judges say that’s “at the core” of the Right-to-Know Law’s goal of helping people scrutinize public officials and hold them accountable.

    The case involves a woman’s request for two recordings of state troopers at the scene of an accident near State College.

    The judges are ordering the release of a video-only recording.

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    The other recording includes audio of troopers’ interviews with the drivers. The judges say the audio of those conversations can be redacted.

    State police spokeswoman Maria Finn declined comment.

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