Arizona bill banning up-close videotaping of police shelved

Arizona bill banning up-close videotaping of police shelved

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(AP) – An Arizona lawmaker who wanted to bar the public from videotaping law enforcement officers from close range has withdrawn his proposed legislation.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.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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