Arizona Governor Signs Law Banning Recording of Police Within Eight Feet

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FILE - Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey gives his state of the state address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Phoenix. Ducey has endorsed businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson to be his successor. Ducey on Thursday added his name to a growing list of mainstream conservatives looking to boost the businesswoman past Donald Trump-endorsed frontrunner Kari Lake. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed off on a law preventing citizens from recording police officers without their permission. The law takes effect this September.

According to AP News, it will be illegal in the state of Arizona for the public to record video of a law enforcement officer without the officer’s consent if he or she is eight feet or closer. The law allows officers to demand a person to stop recording even if the officer happens to be on an owner’s private property. Failure to comply would result in a misdemeanor and possible fine without jail time.

The law will reportedly only make expectations for those who are not being searched or arrested. A person may record if they’re in a structure or vehicle where it would be difficult to maintain a greater than eight-foot distance.

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