The Norman Transcript


April 25, 2014

Crime briefs

NORMAN — OHP dash cam records could go public

The state Senate today passed a law that would require the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to abide by the state’s open records law.

House Bill 2676 would require the OHP to adhere to the Oklahoma Open Records Act, making dash cam footage open to the public. Right now, all police agencies in the state follow the act, except the OHP.

The author of the measure, state Rep. Ken Walker, said he was pleased to hear about the support it received in the state Senate.

“For the Senate to see the merits of this bill and support it is extremely good to hear,” said Walker, R-Tulsa.

The measure cleared the Senate 38-4.

“Openness and transparency in government is vital to effective operation of our various state agencies,” Walker said. “It will show citizens of this state that the OHP has nothing to hide when it comes to how it administers the law while on patrol.”

Walker said he has spoken with the OHP and it is supportive of the measure.

“They want to do the right things and show the good people of Oklahoma we are all on the same side when it comes to transparency and protection of the (residents) of this state,” Rep. Walker said.

The bill was amended in the Senate and now comes back to the House.

Violent offender failed to register

An Oklahoma City man previously convicted of shooting with intent to kill was charged Thursday for failure to register as a violent offender.

Stephan Bryan Becerra, 22, was released from prison June 20 and had three business days to register an address but never did, records show.

In February, officers went to a Cleveland County address and located Becerra. Becerra was then transported to Cleveland County Jail with his bail set at $10,000 or be released if he was not held on other charges, according to a note on the probable cause affidavit filed.

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