OHP among few to keep dash videos secret

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A law passed four years ago puts Oklahoma in the minority of states in this part of the country that close public access to videos shot from dashboard-mounted cameras in highway patrol vehicles.

A survey of regional states by the Tulsa World shows Texas, Missouri and Arkansas all treat state police dash camera videos as an open record.

In Oklahoma the dash camera videos were considered public records until 2005. That's when the Department of Public Safety requested the Legislature amend state law to make all Oklahoma Highway Patrol audio and video records closed to the public.

The issue came to light a few weeks ago when DPS initially refused to release video of a May 24 scuffle between a trooper and a Creek Nation paramedic.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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