As some departments loosen grip on body camera footage, Memphis police holds firm

"Harlan Yu, executive director of UpTurn based in Washington, D.C., a group that participated in a review of MPD's body camera policy, said the individual or the next of kin should "always have access" to body camera footage before filing a police complaint.

Yu said a review of Memphis police policies shows the agency does not have "any provisions" like that in the department's policy.

Departments end up "cherry-picking" what footage they want to release, Yu added. He said law enforcement agencies need to "lay it out very clearly" in their guidelines. 

"There has to be policies in place that would define and require the police department to release footage to the public," Yu said. "