Federal judge blocks Arizona law prohibiting up-close police filming
Details: U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi issued a preliminary injunction Friday that will stop the new law, per AP.
- The decision came after Republican Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich told the judge he wasn't going to defend the law, per the Arizona Republic.
- Tuchi had given the Legislature one week to decide whether it wanted to defend the law, AP reports.
Zoom in: The law, which was meant to go into effect on Sept. 24, makes it illegal to film police officers from 8 feet away or closer if the law enforcement officer asks you to stop, according to Axios Phoenix's Jessica Boehm.
- Officers can order people to stop recording if the area is unsafe or if an officer thinks someone is interfering in the situation.
- Those filming can receive a misdemeanor charge if an officer is handling a disorderly or emotionally disturbed person.
What they're saying: “We are extremely gratified that Arizonans will not have their constitutional rights infringed and their ability to record the police criminalized by this law,” said KM Bell, an ACLU attorney, per AP.
What's next: The ACLU and media groups are seeking a permanent injunction, AP reports.