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Bill Allows Lawsuits Over Videotaping Cops

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A bill before the Connecticut General Assembly would allow people to sue a police officer who tries to stop them from taking photographs or taping that officer working in the line of duty, such as making an arrest.

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on the proposal during a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

In 2009, the Rev. James Manship was arrested while videotaping East Haven police officers in an attempt to document alleged harassment of Hispanics. The officers were removing what they called illegal license plates from a wall display at a local Hispanic couple’s store. The charges against Manship were later dropped.

According to bill, the person taking the images cannot obstruct or hinder the officer from performing his or her duties.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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