In era of transparency, Arizona law limits filming police
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s governor has signed a law that restricts how the public can video police at a time when there’s growing pressure around the country for greater law enforcement transparency.
Gov. Doug Ducey approved a measure that makes it illegal to knowingly film police officers 8 feet or closer without an officer’s permission.
Civil rights and media groups say the law is unconstitutional and simply cannot be applied in real-world scenarios.
The bill’s advocates say the law allows for filming while keeping everyone safe.
The move comes nearly a year after the U.S. Department of Justice launched a probe into the Phoenix police force.
Similar investigations are ongoing in Minneapolis and Louisville.