YUMA, Ariz.- When filming police activity you may do it at a distance according to one Arizona law maker.
State Senator John Kavanagh (R) wants anyone witnessing a crime to keep a 20-feet distance from “law enforcement activity” when choosing to record video. Kavanagh says people would still be able to film if they are directly involved with law enforcement.
“I don’t want to prevent citizens from filming police officers. I just want to make sure that the officers stay safe and the citizens stay safe, and the way I do that is I create a 20 foot buffer zone around an officer when they are engaged with law enforcement activity,” said Kavanagh who is also a former law enforcement officer.
If the law does pass violators would be issued a ticket and a misdemeanor placed on their permanent record.