Right to record police is focus of proposed law - New York News

Right to record police is focus of proposed law

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers are again considering a bill that would protect the public's right to record police officers, but law enforcement officials aren't backing down from their opposition.

The proposal has died in the legislature the past three years. It would allow people to sue police who interfere with their photographing or video-recording of on-duty police officers.

But there are exemptions that would allow police to block recordings to protect public safety, preserve the integrity of crime scenes and ensure crime victims' privacy.

Supporters of the bill say Connecticut already allows people to record police, but some officers have harassed and threatened citizens exercising that right. Opponents say it would embolden people to get too close to crime scenes and increase litigation and liability for towns and the state.

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