Funny…dash cam videos are a public record about anywhere….but Oklahoma.

A Rogers County judge denied a request for the release of a dash cam video recorded by the Claremore Police Department, ruling that under the state’s Open Records Act, the footage is “not a public record.”

Associate District Judge Sheila Condren heard evidence in a nonjury trial in August, according to Tulsa World. Attorney Stephen Fabian was seeking the dash cam video and audio of 20-year-old Richard Stangland’s March arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Arguing for its release, Fabian said that the Open Records Act necessitates the release of the footage. Matt Ballard, who represents the city, told the court that videotapes are evidentiary and subject to the privilege of confidentiality.

Condren ruled that “the Fabian case is distinguishable from the facts presented in the case at bar, and finds the ‘dash cam’ recording is not a public record pursuant to Title 51 O.S. (Section) 24A.8 which is subject to public inspection.”

A Truly Disastrous, Crabbed Opinion from Oklahoma Supremes

This, people, would be a major setback for access to information in Oklahoma. Public access to government employees’ birth dates and worker identification numbers would constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Oklahoman Takes A Look At FOI Enforcement

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Kicking off its Sunshine Week coverage, the Oklahoman takes a look at whether those who do the crime, do any time…

Oklahoma law requires public officials to do their business in the open, but sometimes a law isn’t enough.

Open government advocates complain enforcement of the law is nonexistent through much of the state, depriving citizens of their right to see how their state and local officials are making decisions and spending taxpayer money.

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