Arizona state legislature just passed a law which bans the filming of police at a close distance. Unauthorised filming of police within a distance of 8 feet could result in fines or jail time. Critics of the new Arizona law have called the ban a threat to free speech and freedom of the press.
Over the past few years the rise of mobile phone footage from witnesses and bystanders has become increasingly common. On some occasions this has helped expose unfair or unlawful treatment at the hands of police officers. The filming of one such incident of the death of George Floyd in 2020 sparked worldwide protests and support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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