LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Following a months-long controversial debate, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday that it will begin its new policy of releasing video footage to the public from officer-involved shootings.

The LAPD confirmed on Twitter that it will release “video evidence” of any “critical incidents involving our officers” within 45 days.

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The policy to release footage of an involving officer-involved shooting was first proposed by the Board of Police Commissioners in February.

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The five-member civilian board – which oversees all major policy decisions for the LAPD — unanimously approved the new measure on March 20.

It requires the LAPD to make body cam, drone, dash cam, surveillance, or third-party video public within 45 days of an incident in which a person is shot or seriously injured by an LAPD officer.

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The policy has received pushback from both outgoing Chief Charlie Beck and the police union, who have argued that releasing video early could compromise an investigation.