Connecticut Cops Personally Liable For Photography Arrests

Discussion in 'Photography, Law & Travel' started by Frank, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Cops Would Be Liable Arresting Citizens For Recording Under Approved Conn. Bill

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  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    interesting that it marks the beginning of a trend where these *ssholes start losing the blanket protection to do whatever they want. Kudos galore to the great state of Connecticut.
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  3. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Too bad we have to make laws like this, but I'm glad they are.
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  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It's a step in the right direction but it has some big loopholes in it:

  5. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Those are some might big loopholes -- and they will likely not be able to withstand a constitutional challenge (First Amendment). It's kind of an exercise in futility if you're going to enact a law that's just going to get struck down for the very same reasons that the arrests for photography get struck down. Sigh.

    Lawfully enforce a criminal law or municipal ordinance? Like, what? Like photographing cops in public? That doesn't pass any kind of a giggle test. Protect public safety? Really? Safeguard the privacy of a crime victim or 'other person'? Just who might this 'other person' be? Yeah, I don't think so.
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  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    In a public space, no less.

    It's good that it eliminates some personal immunity, but we need to go a lot farther.
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    What was worse was passing laws that gave immunity to police in the first place. They should be fully accountable for their acts.
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  8. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Big loopholes but those could be swiss cheesed easily by a competant lawyer. Its sad that havinga GoPro and/or a audio recorder is almost manditory now a days (if your local laws allow and you dont have pigs that enjoy bashing skulls)
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Those aren't just laws. They go back to the English common law concept of rex non peccat (the king does no wrong). It takes laws to remove the immunity but not to provide it.
  10. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    We wouldn't need these laws if the pigs didn't consider their badge an unconstitutional patent of nobility.
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