Arizona Senator introduces bill to restrict video recording of police activity
Arizona State Senator John Kavanagh introduced a bill which would make it illegal to make a video recording of law enforcement activity within 20 feet without the officers' permission.
|Even on private property, according to the bill, police can order any occupants to cease recording should the police believe that the recording is interfering with law enforcement activity or is unsafe. Kavanagh claims that the bill would still allow people to record police activity as long as they are at a reasonable distance so that the person recording would not get hurt or distract the police officers. Critics of the bill say that the bill is not necessary since police can already arrest anyone who interferes with their activities and also courts have upheld recording police in public as a First Amendment right.|
IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO KNOWINGLY MAKE A VIDEO RECORDING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY, INCLUDING THE HANDLING OF AN EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED PERSON, IF THE PERSON MAKING THE VIDEO RECORDING DOES NOT HAVE THE PERMISSION OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND IS WITHIN TWENTY FEET OF WHERE THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY IS OCCURRING.The bill also has a section that indicates the provisions do not establish a right or authorize any person to make a video recording of any law enforcement activity.
Some police forces now have mounted video cameras as part of their equipment to tape interactions when they are arresting people. The Toronto police have a pilot project that started last May in which 100 officers will use the cameras.