David Bodney

Budget bill provision allows DPS to block release of all video records

BY: - June 28, 2021

Tucked into a budget bill on criminal justice is a provision that would allow the Arizona Department of Public Safety to outright deny releasing any video records the agency possesses and to heavily edit any videos it chooses to make public. 

Senate won’t say who is funding the election audit or allow media access

BY: - April 23, 2021

A heated press conference on the eve of the Arizona Senate’s audit of the Maricopa County presidential election revealed key information about how the audit will unfold in the coming weeks and laid bare issues with media access and transparency about who is paying for the audit. 

Bill would mandate redactions on body camera footage

BY: - February 5, 2021

A legislative proposal that would require any police body camera footage have nearly all faces blurred before it is released to the public would defeat the purpose of the cameras, critics say.  The measure, House Bill 2152, would require that all police agencies redact faces or portions of people’s bodies if they are not the […]