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posted by janrinok on Tuesday April 07 2015, @12:49PM   Printer-friendly
from the 'give-me-your-Bill'-said-the-officer dept.

In the light of the heated discussions about a certain bill signed in Indiana, here is a more refreshing news about a proposed bill in Colorado. The state of Colorado is considering a bill that outlines punishments for police officers who interfere with photographers. House Bill 15-1290 is titled "Concerning Prohibiting A Peace Officer From Interfering With A Person Lawfully Recording A Peace Officer-Involved Incident".

The bill states that if a person is lawfully documenting a police officer and then has their imagery seized or destroyed without a warrant, they are entitled to $15,000 for actual damages plus attorney fees and costs. The bill also would be applied when a police officer intentionally interferes with a person's ability to capture images.

It seems the bill came up as a result of the number of news reports about police officers telling people "Give me your camera", or taking the data away.

The story is covered further in The Denver channel and PetaPixel.

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  • (Score: 2) by jasassin on Tuesday April 07 2015, @10:12PM

    by jasassin (3566) <> on Tuesday April 07 2015, @10:12PM (#167616) Homepage Journal

    That is a horrible idea. What if a murderer or rapist goes free and strikes another victim because of this?

    That would be a perfect question to ask an officer doing evil and confiscating the proof. What if the criminals were set free and ended up raping and murdering the offending officers family? Would you feel sorry for him?

    This reminds me of Spiderman. With great power comes great responsibility. For the record no, I don't feel sorry for Peter. He had his chance and he blew it. It was that tragedy that opened his eyes, and made him realise the importance of right and wrong.

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