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The EFF speaks out about new Arizona law designed, to put it bluntly, to shield misbehaving police from accountability. Here’s how they describe the law; follow the link for their detailed discussion of its inimical implications.
The new law makes it a crime, punishable by up to a month in jail, to record videos within eight feet of law enforcement activity. The law was signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in July and is scheduled to take effect Sept. 24.
Several news organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona sued last month to prevent the law from going into effect, arguing it “creates an unprecedented and facially unconstitutional content-based restriction on speech about an important governmental function.”
And in related news . . . .
The lede from the report speaks for itself.
Per the story, a warrant was involved.
Remember, the internet is a public place, even those parts of it that would have you think are private.
And “social” media isn’t.
Not long ago, the bus carrying the women’s lacrosse team from Delaware State University, an HBCU, was pulled over for a minor traffic offense by the Liberty County, Georgia, sheriff’s department, then the team’s luggage and belongings were searched with drug-sniffing dogs.
The sheriff’s office maintains that racial profiling was in no way a factor. (Also, pigs. Wings.)
New Jersey Advance Media’s Ande Richards spoke to one of the members of the Lacrosse team about her experience.
On the body camera footage of the stop, a deputy says he stopped the commercial bus because the driver passed a vehicle in the left-hand lane. Trucks aren’t allowed in that lane. Then, he clearly explains why the girls’ belongings were searched. “Bunch of dang schoolgirls on the bus … probably some weed.”
Kelly Harris, the director of Africana Studies at Seton Hall University, said this case exemplifies an instance where the police could be telling the truth and are wrong at the same time.
“They could have pulled the bus over for a routine incident. However, because racism is so entrenched in our society, treating Black suspects differently has been normalized — to the point that many police do not recognize their shortcomings,” he said.
The writer of a letter to the editor of the Las Vegas Sun reminds us that some people are more equal than others,