"The Connecticut state senate approved a bill Thursday that would allow citizens to sue police officers who arrest them for recording in public, apparently the first of its kind in the nation."

13 Responses to “Cops can be sued for arresting people who record them in public - new law in Connecticut”

  1. Stonewalker says:

    Yay.  A glimmer of hope every now and again feels nice.

    • Mitchell Glaser says:

      Good news! I just wish the penalties didn’t come out of the taxpayer’s pocket.

      • Miami_Adam says:

        Under the bill, “peace officers” would only get the fine paid by the state if they “were acting within their scope of authority and the conduct was not willful, wanton, or reckless.”

  2. magicdragonfly says:

    Um… not so fast: the bill originated in the Senate, and while it was passed there, it’s still got a way to go — the House hasn’t voted yet, nor has it been signed into law by the governor.
    Can we have a headline that’s more true to fact, please? 

  3. Sean Nelson says:

    Is the law necessary?  I mean – I get that it sends a message, but would the officers currently be insulated from a lawsuit of this kind?

  4. Paul Harrison says:

    Or you could properly train, resource, and pay your officers of the law so that they are able and willing to enforce the law as it is, and have enough breathing space to do so with courtesy and politeness. Many countries do this successfully. This doesn’t have to be adversarial. Just a thought.

  5. The arrests won’t stop. They’ll just invent another reason for the arrest.

    • Dewi Morgan says:

       That’s exactly why this law exists. Because they’ve been told “it’s OK to record you” and they’ve been using other bullshit reasons instead (like “obstructing police officers”, “interfering with an investigation” etc.)

      And there’s been no way to appeal that. Now, there is. The court can say “Your reason for this arrest was a clearly bullshit attempt to stop them recording you, you are guilty of a crime, here is your slap.”

      Persistent slappings would look really bad on your annual performance review, not to mention your department look bad.

  6. A step forward?  This sounds like a law that shouldn’t be needed to begin with.  The police (or anyone) violating your civil rights through an abuse of power has always been a sue-able offense.

  7. TheKaz1969 says:

    Unfortunately, with somewhat vague exception clauses, it seems like a pretty weak law…

  8. Brad Stone says:

    This makes since….a lawful cop wouldn’t want this law passed. They all do their jobs according to the law right? I mean they do enforce it….

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