Arizona Law That Bans Recording of “Law Enforcement Activities”: Read It For Yourself

Andrew Donaldson

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  1. Dark Matter says:

    What is this law supposed to do? 8 feet doesn’t prevent us from videoing police abuse.Report

    • Oscar Gordon in reply to Dark Matter says:

      It’s about the police feeling crowded by witnesses trying to videotape them doing something bad.

      In practice, the.police will demonstrate a marked inability to differentiate between 8′ and 80′ when cameras are nearby.Report

    • Philip H in reply to Dark Matter says:

      It’s supposed to prevent another George Floyd. Absent the very close up recording, Derrick Chauvin would likely have been promoted by now.Report

      • Dark Matter in reply to Philip H says:

        The very close up recordings were bodycams. The gal with the 10 minutes of video… might be 8 feet away but I’d call it further. The other videos were further.

        Now the first bill was going to ban videos a lot further than 8 feet and would have done exactly what you say. So… he tried and failed to do that and had to settle for something?

        Hmm… if you thinking totally reforming all police everywhere at all times under all situations as too high a bar to cross but want to stop riots, then banning these videos might do that.Report

  2. Chip Daniels says:

    “The revised bill was approved on a 31-28 party-line vote..”

    Gosh, I wonder what parties those were?Report

    • The interesting part of that is the narrowness of the margin. The governor’s seat is open in November (Ducey is term-limited out), and over the last few election cycles the Democrats have narrowed the Republicans’ legislative majorities to a bare minimum. It is entirely possible that AZ will flip from a red trifecta to a blue one in November — I’ve bet a couple of people that it will happen.

      If so, I expect the AZ Republicans’ recent panic-mode laws like this one will be quietly overturned.Report

  3. Chris says:

    The talk of “Constitutional issues” ignores that the final arbiter of such issues is a court that has shown it is not particularly concerned about such “Constitutional issues,” especially when it comes to cops, and the Arizona legislature knows this.Report

  4. Jaybird says:

    A relevant event, maybe:


    • Philip H in reply to Jaybird says:

      So was the right to an abortion until it wasn’t.Report

    • Kazzy in reply to Jaybird says:

      Was he the person being stopped?

      This law seems to treat the person being stopped different than bystanders.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Kazzy says:

        Lemme check the link…

        Early in the morning on May 26, 2019, Abade Irizarry, a YouTube journalist and
        blogger, was filming a DUI traffic stop in Lakewood, Colorado. Officer Ahmed Yehia
        arrived on the scene and stood in front of Mr. Irizarry, obstructing his filming of the stop.
        When Mr. Irizarry and a fellow journalist objected, Officer Yehia shined a flashlight into
        Mr. Irizarry’s camera and then drove his police cruiser at the two journalists.

        Looks like he was a bystander.Report