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.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled the police officers involved in the shooting were justified.