Senator Tavares To Introduce Eyewitness Protection Act
Bill aimed at protecting citizens who record law enforcement and civilian incidents
Posted May 29, 2015 by Minority Caucus
 
 

Columbus—Next week, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) will introduce legislation aimed at protecting citizens who record law enforcement and civilian involved incidents. The Eyewitness Protection Act will give a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving law enforcement or the public and to maintain custody and control of that recording and the device used to record the incident. 

"In light of recent events involving law enforcement's use of force and reports of incidents where they have confiscated the recording or inhibited the ability of citizen witnesses to capture the event via audio or visual recording, I believe it is of the utmost importance to my constituents and the citizens of Ohio that we protect their rights," said Senator Tavares.

The bill will also prohibit law enforcement agencies from seizing the recording and/or recording device without lawful order of the court or without other lawful grounds to seize the device. 

In March, two Colorado state representatives introduced House Bill 15-1290, the Stop Police Interference Cop Incident Recordings bill prohibiting a police officer from interfering with a person lawfully recording a police officer involved incident. It was recently signed into law by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on May 20th.

"Our law enforcement has sworn an oath to serve and protect the residents of their respective communities," stated Senator Tavares. "We should have mutual respect between our local community and law enforcement; however, this may not be the case for all residents. The legislation will not only give eyewitness accounting of incidents, but also help to protect the integrity of the investigation and provide additional audio and visual angles of the incidents." 

 
 
 
  
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