HPD keeps promise and continues to release body cam videos to public

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- After promises from Mayor Sylvester Turner for much transparency from the Houston Police Department, specifically arsenic it relates to assemblage camera videos, we are starting to spot much of those videos released. The archetypal of these videos was released successful aboriginal June.

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Thursday was the archetypal clip video from 3 antithetic incidents were sent retired each astatine once.

The videos are posted to HPD's societal media accounts and are property restricted. HPD posted a video featuring an serviceman explaining the incidents and assemblage cam videos from the responding officers.

On Thursday, they released video from a death-in-custody that happened June 16 connected Westward Street and 2 officer-involved shootings that happened connected June 20. One happened connected West Greens Road and the different connected Tri Oaks Lane. All were released wrong the promised 30 time mark.

Doug Griffith, the president of the Houston Police Officers' Union, said this level of transparency with the assemblage cam footage is thing he's been pushing for.

"Now, you get to spot the full enactment with our officers and spot that, successful astir each case, the serviceman was attacked oregon fired upon first," helium said. "Four retired of our past five, the officers were fired connected earlier they ever fired their weapon, and it shows the nationalist what we genuinely person to woody with connected a day-in day-out basis."

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Some parts of the released videos are blurred retired oregon redacted, but why?

Houston constabulary said determination are galore reasons wherefore video gets redacted.

Some redactions are required by authorities law. They besides volition blur retired video that shows licence plates, operator licenses oregon immoderate different items that tin nexus backmost to idiosyncratic information.

Video is typically redacted if an undercover officer's look is shown, if it would springiness distant a constabulary tactic, and successful the lawsuit the incidental happens connected backstage property, video volition beryllium redacted if support is not fixed by the spot owner.

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