Public Access to Police Body Cameras Still Unclear

The Akron Police Department is one of four departments in Northeast Ohio employing use of body cameras. Other departments include Cleveland, Aurora and Twinsburg. However, it is not clear what the rules with using body cameras are, or how the video in question comes into play as public record. Legislation has been proposed that mandates that agencies using body cameras have a written policy set in place and be made public. The bill does not cover who should have access to footage shot on body cameras, or how it should be filed. The Akron Police Department’s website defines public record as “any document, device, or item, regardless of physical form

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What You Need to Know About Off-Campus Housing

Story by: Michael Bratton, Alyssa Flynn, Haley Phillippi and Rob Rompala Off-campus housing is becoming overcrowded and has resulted in unfair standards of living in the city of Kent, among other problems. The many factors that come into play when students have to deal with living off-campus are money, landlords, apartment conditions, housing security and roommates. With the overflow of students on campus, some students are left with very little or no options to choose from in Kent. “Kent State has a population of about 32,000 students, although only about 6,500 of them currently live on campus,” said Patricia Dennison, assistant to the vice president of the Division of Enrollment

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