Connecticut Bill Would Protect Photographer’s Rights

March 25th, 2011 by Alicia Calzada and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I grew up in Connecticut so I am especially proud of this nugget:

A bill in the Connecticut General Assembly would provide photographers a right to sue a police officer who interferes with their right to take pictures.

The stated purpose of Proposed Bill No. 788 is “[t]o clarify the right to photograph or videotape an event.”

It calls for authorizing “a person to bring a civil action for damages against a police officer who has interfered with such person’s right to photograph or videotape an event if such person’s actions did not prevent or hinder the police officer performing his or her duties.”

The author of this bill is Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney.

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