The legislation, signed into law Monday by Gov. Pat McCrory, blocks public access to police body cam and dash cam video without a court order.
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"My goal is to protect those who protect us," McCrory said.
The governor said the new law promotes transparency while protecting law enforcement. His critics said the law keeps the community in the dark.
Thousands weighed in on social media and voted in the ABC11 Twitter poll.
New law makes police cam footage off limits to public. Should it be public record? https://t.co/jJ9t1KymvK— ABC11 EyewitnessNews (@ABC11_WTVD) July 11, 2016
Gubernatorial candidate and NC Attorney General Roy Cooper told ABC11 the law is "too restrictive and goes too far in preventing access by the public. The law should be improved to provide for more openness when the legislature comes back into session."
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The new law goes into effect Oct. 1.
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