Sophia Dancel was providing aid to residents of “The Zone” when she was arrested by law enforcement who were there to clear out the area.
The law, which was passed in 2022 and determined to be a violation of the First Amendment, made it illegal to film police officers within 8 feet if the officer told you to stop.
Critics of a bill that would allow cities to charge for public records requests of police recordings—which is currently free to the public—could have a chilling effect on police transparency and accountability.
If Senate Bill 1047 becomes law, Arizona law enforcement could arrest anyone within 20 feet of them if they believe “a crime has possibly occurred.”
In Arizona, federal appeals courts have recognized a First Amendment right to record police officers performing their official duties in public.
The first director of a new city office overseeing complaints filed against the Phoenix Police Department is on the job.
The Justice Department will look into whether Phoenix police officers have used excessive force, abused people with disabilities, and engaged in other misconduct.
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