ACLU of Indiana Statement on HEA 1019

April 20, 2016

On July 1, 2016, a law that establishes a procedure for the release of law enforcement recordings, i.e., footage from body-worn or dashboard cameras, will go into effect in the state of Indiana. State lawmakers heavily amended the bill, HEA 1019, before it was passed into law on March 21. The amendments helped to rectify some of the problematic parts of the legislation, but those revisions did not go far enough in protecting the legal rights of people under open records laws to access video footage captured on police cameras.

Provisions of the law that are a step in the right direction:

Provisions of the law that cause concern:

We believe in the importance of transparency in policing as vital for establishing good relationships between police departments and the people they are sworn to protect and serve. During the process of passing HEA 1019, lawmakers stated that they would be willing to revisit the legislation and make changes to the law if needed. The ACLU of Indiana will continue to work with lawmakers and police departments to fine-tune this law to ensure it balances police accountability and privacy concerns.

Click here to download a PDF copy of HEA 1019