This week, several hundred debaters at the Utah Capitol will dissect the controversies surrounding police body cameras from the perspective of having grown up in a world where surveillance is more ubiquitous than ever.
No, not lawmakers — high schoolers. In an annual mock legislative hearing Wednesday, students will debate how the cameras should be used, how their footage should be released to the public and how the government should store and keep the footage.
"Body-worn cameras create a unique public record that is more intrusive and more expensive to retain than any other type of public record," said Cameron Diehl, the director of government relations for the Utah League of Cities and Towns, which organizes the debate. "What is the right balance of personal privacy, public accountability, agency policy, government transparency and public safety?"