UPDATE: A deaf man beaten by Oklahoma Highway Patrolmen during an arrest is to be arraigned Friday on charges for resisting arrest.
For nearly two months, the OHP refused to release the video of that arrest.
Then the arrest became part of a criminal case and NewsChannel 4 was the only station to get that dash cam video.
Now there is a new bill that would make all OHP dash cam videos available to the public upon request.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is one step closer to following the state’s Open Records Act.
House Bill 2676 would require the OHP to follow the Oklahoma Open Records Act, which would make dash cam footage open to the public.
All police agencies in the state are required to adhere to the rules except the OHP.
The bill’s author, Rep. Ken Walker, says the OHP supports the measure.
“They want to do the right things and show the good people of Oklahoma we are all on the same side when it comes to transparency and protection of the citizens of this state,” Rep. Walker said. “This bill is good for everyone. It is good for the public because it allows us to ensure our troopers are acting within accordance of the law. It is good for the OHP because it provides them a public defense against wrongful allegations. And it is good for the state because it shows a higher level of transparency in government I think is very important.”
HB 2676 won passage on the House floor by a vote of 67-13.
The measure now heads to the state Senate for further consideration.