Governor Snyder (R) signed HB 4427 into law (now Public Act 85 of 2017), which prohibits public release of footage from police body cameras if the footage was taken in a ‘private place’ such as a person’s home. The new law also request police departments to create rules for disclosure and retention of audio and video recordings from body cameras worn by police officers. The bill was unanimously approved by both chambers of Michigan Legislature.
Recordings also will be kept private during ongoing criminal or internal investigations but only for listed reasons such as public disclosure interfering with law enforcement proceedings or invading personal privacy. Body camera recordings retained as part of civil lawsuits will not be considered public records.