In this installment of our just-created series “Common Sense Necessary for a Functioning Democracy Prevails,” Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signs into law House Bill 15-1290, a “right to record” police. DIY Photography reports about this new Colorado law.
It’s not that we have anything against police officers per se. We don’t. They’re just like any other population of specialists out there, from lawyers to doctors to…bloggers. Which is to say: there are some great ones, there are some terrible ones, and most of them just get by.
And we need them. For the most part.
Last month we wrote about the near-miss in Arkansas of an exceptionally ill-considered bill that would have made it a crime to photograph or film anyone in Arkansas without a signed release.
That’s right: renowned street photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Margaret Bourke-White, Mary Ellen Mark, Joel Meyerowitz, Robert Frank, Vivian Maier – let alone war photographers like Robert Capa – would all have been criminals in Arkansas.
As would have been the people whose smartphone videos in South Carolina and Texas led to murder charges against one police officer, and the resignation of the other.
Way to go, Arkansas legislature.
On the other hand, we have Colorado, which just passed a law which affirms a new “check and balance” on police behavior, House Bill 15-1290, also known as “Right to Record.”
If only we had as effective a check and balance on politicians and corporations…
Colorado Law Makes Police Harassment of Photographers Illegal
Via DIY Photography:
This new Colorado law is called “Stop Police Interference Cop Incident Recordings”. The summary of the proposed bill stated:
“The bill creates a private right of action against a peace officer’s employing law enforcement agency if a person records an incident involving a peace officer and a peace officer destroys the recording or seizes the recording without receiving consent or obtaining a warrant or if the peace officer intentionally interferes with the recording or retaliates against the person making the recording. The person who recorded the peace officer incident is entitled to actual damages, a civil penalty of $15,000, and attorney fees and costs.”
We are happy to announce to our police-stalking shutterbugs that House Bill 15-1290 was signed into law by Colorado governor Hickenlooper (gotta love a man of power with that name) on May 20th.
Read full article at DIY Photography “Colorado Law Makes Police Harassment of Photographers Illegal”
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(cover photo credit: snap from DIY Photographer)