Discussion in 'Photography, Law & Travel' started by Frank, Apr 22, 2012.
Cops Would Be Liable Arresting Citizens For Recording Under Approved Conn. Bill
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.
Too bad we have to make laws like this, but I'm glad they are.
It's a step in the right direction but it has some big loopholes in it:
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.
In a public space, no less.
It's good that it eliminates some personal immunity, but we need to go a lot farther.
What was worse was passing laws that gave immunity to police in the first place. They should be fully accountable for their acts.
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)
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.
We wouldn't need these laws if the pigs didn't consider their badge an unconstitutional patent of nobility.
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