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Media experts discuss impacts of making police body cam footage public

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Transparency and privacy are delicate issues to balance between the media and the law.

Today Access Humboldt brought local law enforcement and media experts together to discuss ways to find middle ground between openness while protecting people's privacy.

One option brought up for transparency was to air police camera footage on a public channel or make all videos of arrests publicly available.

Police Chief Andy Mills weighed in on the option, saying, "Here’s an opportunity to look at somebody having a really bad day. This may not be that person's character 364 days a year but one day they get a pretty bad day. And now we've got hundreds of thousands of people potentially being able to see this. I personally find that objectionable."

Tomorrow Access Humboldt will host a workshop on surveillance self-defense and how to improve your privacy on phones and computers.