Panel to discuss video surveillance and public records in Greensboro

by Jeff Sykes

A panel of legal and media experts will gather next week in Greensboro to discuss the issue of public records and video surveillance and camera footage.

The issue has gained significant attention in Greensboro following a handful of incidents involving police wearing body cameras. Public and media interests have requested the incident footage, which police consider part of an officer’s personnel file.

The panel discussion will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the Council Chamber on the second floor of the Melvin Municipal Building.

Greensboro City Attorney Tom Carruthers will moderate the panel, which includes a host of attorneys and thought leaders on the topic of public records laws from a variety of organizations. Panelists confirmed for the event include:

‘· Frayda S. Bluestein, associate dean, UNC School of Government

‘· Christopher Brook, legal director, ACLU of North Carolina

‘· Scott Greenwood, civil rights attorney, TASER

‘· Moshera Mills, Greensboro attorney

‘· Lewis Pitts, retired public interest attorney

‘· Mark Prak, Greensboro attorney, North Carolina Press Association

‘· Jan Pritchett, Greensboro attorney

A question and answer period will follow the discussion. Organizers encourage questions to be asked in advance via Twitter to @greensborocity using the #GSOlegalpanel hashtag.