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Fascist Arizona Senator Proposes Law That Would Make Filming the Police a Crime

Senator-John-Kavanagh

Phoenix, AZ — Last week, Arizona State Senator John Kavanagh introduced Senate Bill 1054, which would make it effectively illegal to film police. Under the terms of the bill, filming police would only be legal under very specific circumstances, and would require citizens to stop filming if a police officer orders them to.

The bill also specifies that it would be illegal to film a police officer from a distance of less than 20 feet. These requirements give police the power to easily prevent people from filming them if they are engaging in activities that they don’t want reaching the public.

If a police officer wants someone to stop filming them, all that they have to do is tell the person to stop, or chase after the person and reach an area within 20 feet of them. At that point, it would be illegal for the person to continue filming, and it would also be illegal for them to put more distance between themselves and the officer, because they could be charged with “resisting arrest” or a similar infraction. The 20-foot distance may be specified, but it is more or less irrelevant because there is a clause in the bill that allows an officer to “determine” if the person should stop filming.

According to the fine print of the bill:

A. 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. IF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY IS OCCURRING IN AN ENCLOSED STRUCTURE THAT IS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, A PERSON WHO IS AUTHORIZED TO BE ON THE PRIVATE PROPERTY MAY MAKE A VIDEO RECORDING OF THE ACTIVITY FROM AN ADJACENT ROOM OR AREA THAT IS LESS THAN TWENTY FEET AWAY FROM WHERE THE ACTIVITY IS OCCURRING, UNLESS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DETERMINES THAT THE PERSON IS INTERFERING IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY OR THAT IT IS NOT SAFE TO BE IN THE AREA AND ORDERS THE PERSON TO STOP RECORDING

B. THIS SECTION DOES NOT ESTABLISH A RIGHT OR AUTHORIZE ANY PERSON TO MAKE A VIDEO RECORDING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY.

C. A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION IS A PETTY OFFENSE, EXCEPT THAT IF THE PERSON FAILS TO COMPLY WITH A VERBAL WARNING OF A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION OR HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN CONVICTED OF A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION, IT IS A CLASS 3 MISDEMEANOR.

Although the Supreme Court has continued to uphold the right to film police, First Amendment violations seem to be on the increase as cameras become more commonplace. Police chiefs and police unions across the country have been unanimously opposed to citizens filming police, and have blamed YouTube for everything from rising crime rates to terrorism. In fact, police have begun using the term “YouTube effect” to describe the growing mistrust of law enforcement.

However, cameras are simply capturing the reality of police encounters, and showing how officers actually behave when they interact with people.

Had a camera not been rolling when office Michael Slager murdered Walter Scott by shooting him in the back multiple times as he ran, Slager would still be on the street and Scott would have been painted as a criminal.

This is why cops don’t want to be filmed.

Last year, Texas Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), proposed HB 2918, which would have turned private citizens who film police into criminals. When the internet reacted, Villalba was exposed for the tyrant that he is and the bill was killed.

Please share this article with everyone so that we can expose this tyrant who would remove freedom of speech as well as the only effective tool the citizens have for holding police accountable.


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    • Great, when you need a police officer, who are you going to call? The Police are not the bad guys. obama started this crap in 2009 and people continue to spread his hate. Wake up and think about what you are spreading.

    • call Pizza hut Throw a party the more witness’s with there camera phone’s recording the better !

  • Smfh

  • Why not? They work for US. Recording them protects BOTH PARTIES.

  • Stop throwing the word facist around please it makes you sound like a leftist moron

    • Removing the avenues of checks and balances from authority figures and further oppressing the people is literally the definition of fascism.

    • You facists lol

  • This cat must be getting paid under the table to be promoting this nonsense… I wonder who’s paying him (NRA) and how much $$$

  • People were created to be loved, Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.

  • I don’t think it will matter since scotus has ruled…

  • Prima facie unconstitutional. Even SCOTUS says so.

  • This will go Nowhere…The people of Arizona will not stand for it.

  • WHO TF does this guy think he is, Hitler’s apostle?

  • Fuck that Guy one of the only things that can pick up you from corrupt cop

  • how about when they walk into the bank, or a restaurant?

  • This idiot needs to go….

  • Lets hope people will exercise their right to vote.

  • Let him spend all that money getting it to pass. The supreme court has ruled more than once that filming the police is legal. I doubt his little rule will make it very long lol.

  • filming in public is legal.. taking pictures in public is legal.. as long as you do not interfer with the police or their investigation…KMA.. kiss My A

    • ALWAYS INTERFEIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ITS OUR DAMN DUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • AND ITS THE ONLY WAY WE THE PEOPLE CAN STOP THE NEW WORLD ORDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • DO EVERYTHING IN THE BOOK THAT IS ILLEGAL, BUT DOES NOT HARM CITIZENS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • There is Lawful, and then there is LEGAL. The two are not the same. LEGAL pertains to contracts wether PRESUMED or factual. For anything to be LEGAL, there first must be a Lawful contract that was entered into by all parties voluntarily, knowingly and without coercion or deciet. Nothing is LEGAL, unless it is Lawful to begin with. Did you sign a LEGAL agreement to not film the cops, or to do anything else for that matter ? I didn’t think so. You men and women have to learn to separate what is Law, and what is LEGAL or a LEGAL contract. When you comprehend this, you will be on your way to knowing the whole fraudulent LEGAL system’s criminal racketeering enterprise, and know how and why it and it’s BAR ASSOCIATION members get away with the crimes they commit on a daily basis against the American People who do not have any idea of how they’re getting screwed by those foreign owned parasites.

  • Okay, but in court, the prosecution must show an injury in fact.

  • We lose the right to film police at our peril. https://www.facebook.com/bravenewfilms/videos/10152770774547016/

  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • I’ve lived in Arizona not yet a week. I’ll register and vote against him when and if I can!!!

  • Those RWNJ’s like to cherry pick the constitution, that they hold so dear.

  • John Kavinaugh

  • That Senator looks like a chubby Heinrich Himmler.

  • There’s a special kind of scum. I’m beginning to think we need to flush the toilet

  • Idiot on parade

  • We need a COP-WATCH!

  • This is also unethical… Cops are supposed to wear cameras in many cases…

  • TREASONOUS POLITICIANS SUPPORTED BY SHEEP

  • Check his connections to the police unions in AZ and see if you notice a “coincidence.”

  • Illinois already pulls this crap, have to be 60′ away, friends that i know in Chicago say a lot of bribes flow from citizens to police officers to avoid tickets, they say it is a real issue and is the reason for the law….

  • Well if they didn’t do the wrong thing they wouldn’t have to worry

  • no.way.to.maney.bad ones out there.they need to be watched to.sorry good ones.

  • the law needed is the one that prohibits the government from ever even proposing such a law.

  • Are you all paying attention? This is a test case for the GOP. If they get away with it here (even if it goes to the supreme court) they will do it in every other red state and then come after the blue ones. Also …placement of conservative judges on state (and federal)supreme courts will insure that the laws stand. There is only one way to stop it. Don’t vote GOP

  • Michael Forrester

  • Hell thats pretty fucked up but then again what do you expect in a fascist police state (AKA America)…. Honestly ANYONE who believes that they have rights is delusional…. We have the same problem here in Australia with the protest scene, if you are filming while the cops are there they try to impound the camera under the guise of potential evidence…. DO NOT LET THIS DETER YOU… Keep the fight for accountability and justice going

  • Good luck with that.

  • This is what we call KARMA for voting blindly!

  • Wtf

  • That so called, Senator, is utter ignorant of what the difference is between a sovereign man or woman, and a CITIZEN that is SUBJECT to some fukin PRESUMED LEGAL FICTION that LEGALLY obligates them to abide by some STATE OF ARIZONA STATUTE, ACT, CODE, RULE and or ORDINANCE, which is not a Law, but merely a fukin RULE of a corporation exercising and or ASSUMING JURISDICTION, and PRESUMING us all to be such PERSONS and not the living and breathing men and women who have not and will not consent to the corporation’s offered and or PRESUMED LEGAL contract to not film the corporate employees that operate under Color of Law. Any of y’all comprehend this, and think that the corporate “Senator”, could read what I wrote and have half a fukin clue? Those ignorant representatives have no comprehension of the Constitution of the United States or the original Constitution for the united States, much less know who they are and in what capacity they may operate in at any given time, or what they are also PRESUMED to be on a fukin piece of paper. Ignorant idiots.

  • Won’t be long. Americans will need passports to move from county to county and state to state

  • What is he trying to hide?

  • Most Arizona Senators are nuts.

  • How did Air (head)zona elect this puke.

  • MoFos!

  • the crime is to let people like this and rotten cops alive …..There is the crime !!!!!!!!!

  • The dictatorship in murica is becoming serious!

  • Not a chance.

  • Fuck this guy.

    Seriously.

  • Illinois already has this law and as far as I know it hasn’t been challenged and that’s a shame

  • ya because the problem is filming the cops not thte cops abusing there power

  • Why don’t they make a law to prevent the phone companies from putting cameras on the phone in the first place

  • SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS RIGHT TO FILM POLICE
    “In a unanimous decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that the officers violated Gilk’s constitutional rights and that the officers were not entitled to qualified immunity. The Court ruled that the right to film public officials in public ”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glik_v._Cunniffe

  • time for a revolution…..

  • When injustice becomes Law, Resistance becomes Duty – Thomas Jefferson

  • Get a job at 7-11 you stupid bastard.

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