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(Indianapolis, Ind) Hoosiers need help sending water to Flint, Mich

Members of IUPUI’s Black Student Union are gathering water to send to Flint, Mich., BSU President Raeven Ridgell says donations of water can be delivered to Joseph T. Taylor Hall, Suite 100 on IUPUI’s campus. Ridgell stresses that they are only donating water and not accepting cash donations. Both water jugs and bottles are welcomed. (Segment starts at 31:38 in the program embedded below.)

Angel Hicks of Indianapolis’ “28 Boutique” is also accepting and donations and looking for help transporting those donations to Flint, Mich. Hicks says you can contact her via social media or by phone at 317-210-0828. (Segment starts at 39:33 in the program embedded below.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indiana bill could stop release of police videos

(Indianapolis, Ind.) An Indiana legislator has introduced a bill that would give police departments the option of withholding police body and dash-cam video in Indiana. Had this bill been law in Illinois, the video of Chicago police shooting LaQuan McDonald 16 times would not have been released.

The proposed legislation known as House Bill 1019 “restricts public records requests for law enforcement recordings” and requires a court order to release recorded police body camera video. The bill introduced by Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) has already passed through a House committee with a unanimously favorable vote. It now moves to the House floor for consideration from all representatives.

Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City)Dave Crooks, chairman of the Board of the Indiana Broadcasters Association (IBA), sent a press release alerting Indiana media outlets to the bill that he says is ignoring the public’s right to know.

“This outrageous proposal takes government secrecy to a new level, keeping public records completely under wrap,” said Crooks. Crooks served in the Indiana Legislature from 1996 to 2008.  “As drafted, the 22-page bill would allow government to refuse to share public video records and require the public to file a lawsuit against an agency, prove a need for disclosure of the video, and have those asking for the video to bear the legal costs of such a request – unless you’re actually in the video,” said Crooks.

Under Indiana’s current law police video is public record and can be obtained by request. If passed into law, HB 1019 would have prevented the release of police video capturing the deaths of LaQuan McDonald in Chicago, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Sam DuBose in Cincinnati, and the arrest of Sandra Bland in Texas.

In a statement sent to HOT 96.3 Rep. Mahan said, “This bill gives guidance to police departments that would like to add body cameras, while giving thoughtful consideration to privacy rights and investigations,” Mahan said. “Despite some misperceptions, under this proposal, those involved in the videos and family will be able to see the footage as the law enforcement agencies must let them view. This is a complex issue and we will continue to work on this bill as we move forward, so that we do what’s right for law enforcement and the public.”

 

“Indy Speaks with Cameron Ridle” airs Sunday Mornings at 7AM on HOT 96.3. Follow @CameronRidle on Twitter or email at cridle@radio-one.com . ©2016 WHHH-FM/Radio One. 

 

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