Tennessee: Knox County prosecutors push to hide police video from public

Knox County prosecutors want to hide all police cruiser and body-camera videos in criminal cases from public view outside a courtroom and to hold out the threat of fines or jail time for anyone who lets taxpayers see them.

A proposed standing court order drafted by District Attorney General Charme Allen’s office, obtained by the News Sentinel, would impose a blanket ban on access to police videos beyond defense attorneys, defendants, investigators, court officials, and certain others.

Anyone on the list who shared a video before it’s filed in court could be held in criminal contempt, including members of a defendant’s family.