April 22, 2012
Connecticut Lawmakers Pass Bill That Would Allow Citizens Arrested For Recording Cops To Sue For Damages

Senate Bill 245, which was introduced by Democratic Senator Eric Coleman and approved by a co-partisan margin of 42-11, must now go before the House.

This is important.  Right now, the right to record police is not recognized in all judicial circuits, nor by the Supreme Court, so it is not “clearly established” so as to render police amenable to suit for purposes of § 1983 liability under federal law (§ 1983 allows you to sue government officials for violating your constitutional rights under certain circumstances).  State remedies like this one go a long way towards incentivizing police departments to start training their officers not to harass or arrest people that are doing nothing more than videotaping them.

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