Agenda set for next police body cam committee meeting

MADISON – The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Use of Police Body Cameras will hold its second meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

(Left to right) Legislative Council Staff Attorney Steve McCarthy, Chris Taylor, D-Madison, Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, Dan Schmidt, Principal Analyst & Operations Manager for Legislative Council, and James Friedman, media attorney and WNA Foundation Board member, hear testimony today during the first meeting of the Legislative Council Study Committee on Police Body Cameras.

The meeting will include presentations by Sgt. Doug Wiorek of the Milwaukee Police Department and Heath Straka, president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice.

The committee, which includes Sens. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) and Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) and Reps. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and John Spiros (R-Marshfield), is tasked with reviewing law enforcement policies regarding the use of body cameras and recommending legislation to establish uniform procedures regarding the retention and release of body camera video for state and local law enforcement agencies.

James Friedman, WNA Foundation Board member and legal hotline attorney, also serves on the committee.

The committee held its first meeting on July 26. In that meeting, two key concerns among committee members focused on video retention issues and police officers’ ability to turn cameras on and off. Video redaction was another primary concern, relating to both privacy and open records.

WisEye plans to broadcast the hearing.

» Read more on the July 26 meeting

» See the meeting agenda