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Bill Protecting Civilians' Right to Record Officers Clears California Legislature

July 13, 2015  | 

The California state legislature gave final passage Thursday to a measure that would affirm the public's right to record the actions of police officers, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The bill, which goes now to the governor, spells out that making an audio or video recording of police officers in public places is legal.

It was among a slew of police accountability measures introduced this year in response to a string of high-profile killings that thrust the issue of police force into the national debate. Most of those measures have stalled.

“Cellphone and video footage is helping steer important national civil-rights conversations, and the Right to Record Act is critical to protecting this fundamental right,” the bill's author, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), said.

Gov. Jerry Brown has not taken a public position on the measure, SB 411.

Comments (5)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 7/13/2015 8:22 PM

I would not want to be a Police Officer in California. Way too many Liberals on all fronts.

S.S. @ 7/14/2015 9:30 AM

Glad I don't work there.

Tone @ 7/17/2015 10:22 PM

As an officer I have to admit, not a bad idea. Now maybe some accountability. But those who act out in misconduct should be worried the most. But for those who do their job professionally, shouldn't be concerned at all!!!!

arik @ 2/2/2016 7:10 PM

What are you afraid of? - what are you up to that you wouldn't want recorded?
I guess you don't like body cams either - harder to get away with a murder.
Police don't like it transparency

arik @ 2/2/2016 7:11 PM

What do you do out there that you wouldn't want recorded?
Only police who are abusing the position need worry - are you one?

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