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Akron Voters Approve New Policies for Police Body Camera Footage, City Hiring Practices

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More than 80 percent of Akron voters said yes to a slate of six changes to the city’s charter on Election Day.

One measure expands the release of police body camera footage from use-of-force incidents. Mayor Dan Horrigan says it’s a good example of his administration’s desire to be more transparent.

“It’s not the first thing on people’s minds, but I think people want to have a government that represents them and is accountable and transparent to what their thoughts and what they’re feeling [is] – and that’s what we’ve been trying to push since I got here.”

Another measure expands the number of people the city can interview for a job based on their civil service test. Horrigan says that will increase diversity in hiring.

The six amendments are further explained at the city's website.

Issue 2: Transparency of Police Use of Force Recordings

Issue 3: Human Resources Modernization

Issue 4: Purchasing Reform

Issue 5: Veterans and Residency Preference Points

Issue 6: Council Administrative Updates

Issue 7: Deadline for Initiatives/Referendums/Charter Amendments

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Kabir Bhatia joined WKSU as a Reporter/Producer and weekend host in 2010. A graduate of Hudson High School, he received his Bachelor's from Kent State University. While a Kent student, Bhatia served as a WKSU student assistant, working in the newsroom and for production.