PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona lawmaker who wanted to bar the public from videotaping law enforcement officers from close range has withdrawn his proposed legislation.
Republican state Sen. John Kavanagh said Wednesday opposition that lined up “on both sides of the political spectrum” was enough for him to concede defeat even before Senate Bill 1064 got a hearing.
The bill would have barred videotaping police from 20 feet or closer while they were making arrests or having other contact with the public.
Kavanagh says he still believes it was needed to keep police from being endangered by people rushing in to film while they were investigating crimes.
Civil rights lawyers came out in force against the proposal, saying it violated the First Amendment.
Kavanagh’s decision was first reported by the Arizona Republic.
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