AZ lawmaker trying to make filming police illegal

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$300 fine and or 6 months jail-time for filming police

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FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (INTELLIHUB) — Arizona Sen. John Kavanagh (R) want s to make it illegal to film law enforcement, however Kavanagh’s SB 1054 violates the U.S. Constitution.

If passed, the law would make it illegal to film, shoot, video within 20 feet of law enforcement which would be punishable by a $300 fine and or up to 6 months in jail-time.

Passage of this bill would also make recording police for evidence after being arrested illegal, which is another concern within itself.

Additionally many people are now questioning how the police will actually measure and enforce the 20-foot rule.

Sources:

Arizona bill would bar public from videotaping police — YourWestValley.com

Arizona GOPer Wants To Criminalize Filming Within 20 Feet Of Police — TPM

Bill would make videotaping police a crime if too close — ABC 15

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