Judge Just Overturned an Arizona Law That Would Prohibit Recording Police

Ongoing attacks on police officers haven’t done the nation any good. Right now, police morale is lower than it’s been in quite some time. More and more officers have retired, quit, or been forced out for refusing to take COVID-19 vaccines.

As law enforcement takes hits from all ends, criminals are loving it. This is well-documented in the upticks of crime happening across the nation. This is such a problem that many businesses are shutting down and leaving various communities.

Recently, Arizona moved to pass a law that would have prohibited recording police officers. However, this law was blocked, thanks to a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others who disagreed.

What Americans Need to Know
Under the Arizona law, people who are within eight feet of police officers wouldn’t be allowed to record them without consent. The ACLU, joined by various news stations, argued this law violated the First Amendment, thereby taking the issue to court.

In the wake of the ruling against this law, the ACLU celebrated. According to the left-wing organization, reporters could be theoretically arrested and charged if they were recording an officer who walked toward them, breaking the eight-foot barrier requirement.

However, Arizona’s law did allow for police to be recorded as long as it didn’t interfere with their work or pose safety issues. Advocates of the law also claimed that it would protect police officers from people out to target them.

Little Room For Recourse?
Despite the ruling against Arizona’s law, the state’s own attorney general hasn’t stepped up to defend it. Attorney General Mark Brnovich raised eyebrows when his spokesperson argued that his office didn’t have the authority to push back against the judge’s ruling.

Supporters of the law argue that as Arizona’s attorney general, Brnovich has a duty to defend laws that are passed by the state. Thus far, those who oppose the ruling are working with leaders of Arizona’s House and Senate to get a different outcome.

Critics of Arizona’s law have speculated the state’s attorney general will not defend it in the courts because he doesn’t think he’d be able to win the case.

Friday, September 16 marks the cutoff point for which the Arizona attorney general or others can raise issues about the ruling against this law.