SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to speed up the release of body-camera footage passed the Utah House on Monday in the wake of struggles with media and civil groups demanding the release of video in a high-profile shooting last year in Salt Lake City.

HB381 cleared the House on a unanimous vote after no debate. It now goes to the Senate.

The bill would allow direct appeals to district court if police or prosecutors reject a public record request for body-camera footage because of pending criminal action, allowing a judge to weigh whether public interest outweighs protecting it for criminal action.

The bill comes after video footage of the shooting of then-17-year-old Abdullahi “Abdi” Mohamed was held by Salt Lake County prosecutors for nearly a year before it was shown for the first time publicly in court in January.
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Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled the police officers involved in the shooting were justified.
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