An Ohio lawmaker is proposing a piece of legislation aimed at protecting those who legally record incidents involving both law enforcement officers and civilians.
Labeled the Eyewitness Protection Act, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Charleta Tavares said the bill would give citizens the right to record incidents, and maintain control of those recordings, so long as they are shot from that person’s private property or public property, and without interfering with police activity.
“The intent of the legislation is to protect and let everyone know what the rights are of individuals,” said Sen. Tavares. “We want to make sure that people know their rights, that no one has a right to take your property, to destroy your property or to tell you that you can not video tape, or audio tape, or take still pictures.”
Tavares said the proposed legislation would prevent law enforcement agencies from taking control of recordings, without a warrant or court order.
According to the senator, Colorado lawmakers passed similar legislation earlier this year.