It could soon be illegal for the public to shoot close-up video of police officers, even on public property.
Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, this week introduced Senate Bill 1054, which would make it a crime for someone within 20 feet of an officer to knowingly take video of any law enforcement activity without the officer’s permission.
The bill also gives officers the ability to force someone to stop recording law enforcement activity on their own property if police determine it is interfering with their work or the area is unsafe.
The bill comes at a time of increased scrutiny of police shootings nationwide, from Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri to Eric Garner in New York. In November, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona launched Mobile Justice AZ, a free smartphone app that allows individuals to automatically send videos of law enforcement activity to the local ACLU if it appears someone’s rights have been violated.