New Bill In Connecticut Would Make It Illegal For Police To Stop You From Recording Them

from the good-to-see dept

We've seen numerous stories in the last year of police abusing anti-wiretap laws to go after people who record police activities in public. Thankfully, there are some people who realize this is wrong. A Connecticut state senator, Martin Looney, has apparently introduced legislation that not only says that it's the right of citizens to record on-duty police officers, but (more importantly) gives citizens a civil action against police officers if they violate that right. As Radley Balko points out at that link:
That second part is important. A right doesn’t mean much if there are no consequences for government officials who ignore it. Witness this case in Florida, where an officer erroneously tries to say federal law prohibits citizen recordings of cops. Even in states where courts have thrown out criminal charges, a cop who doesn’t want to be recorded can still harass, threaten, and even arrest you. You may not be charged. But he won’t be punished, either.
It would definitely be nice if a similar rule was taken up at the federal level.

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    Jose_X, 3 Mar 2011 @ 3:58pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    This may be of interest to some..

    I modified the letter on the Senator's webform and forgot to save it, but it turns out that looking at the page's source view provided by the browser showed that my letter was on that *Thank you for sharing your thoughts* page hidden from sight (it was in the html but not visible when browsing the page normally).

    FWIW, the letter I actually sent included much of the above (modified a little) and

    > Valuable video technology offers much hope [for] removing crime from the streets.

    > Americans will be much more likely to help law enforcement when respect is reciprocated.

    Not sure if this made the letter better or worse.

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