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California bill would protect civilians recording police activity
California bill would protect civilians recording police activity

From the LAPD beating of Rodney King 24 years ago to last year’s death of Eric Garner after a scuffle with New York police officers, bystanders who recorded the incidents on video have allowed the public to see at least some of what happened. One California state senator wants to protect citizens who properly record the actions of officers in public from arrest or interference by the police. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced legislation that would clarify that a civilian who makes an audio or video recording of a police officer, while the officer is in a public place, is not violating the law. The measure also would make clear that recording does not constitute...

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