One bill making it’s way through the Arizona State Legislature could help law enforcement better deal with those anti-cop individuals that use their smart phone cameras and other video recording devices to antagonize police officers and interfere with them doing their duty. Sponsored and drafted by Arizona Senator John Kavanagh the bill called SB 1054 would make it illegal to video record a police officer within 20 feet or less while they’re in the process of doing their duty. Part of it reads:
“It is unlawful for a person to knowingly make a video recording of law enforcement activity, including the handling of an emotionally disturbed person, if the person making the video recording does not have the permission of a law enforcement officer and is within twenty feet of where the law enforcement activity is occurring.”
While bill’s opponents are trying to claim that this bill is unconstitutional, Rally For L.E.’s leader Nohl Rosen is speaking out in support of the bill and says it doesn’t violate the United States Constitution in his eyes and that it’s a positive first start in protecting our law enforcement from those that use cameras to try and attack police officers publicly.
“We need to do what we can to support our local police and protect them from these anti-cop terrorists which will use their smart phone and tablet cameras to try and antagonize police officers in order to make a name for themselves on social media. Often times they will interfere with police officers while they’re detaining or arresting a suspect and get way to close to them in order to add fuel to the fire. The last thing a police officer needs is some citizen that doesn’t like law enforcement sticking a camera in their face while they’re in the process of doing their duty,” Rosen said.
Rosen added that this bill may not be perfect but it’s a positive first step in supporting law enforcement and hopes more supporters of the police will get behind it. He also encourages the public to read the bill and make their own decision on whether or not they should support it.