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Hawaii looks to clarify the public's right to film police

By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to clarify the public's right to photograph or film police officers.

The bill would make it clear that filming or photographing police in a public space isn't against the law as long as it doesn't prevent police from doing their jobs.

Richard Williams of the National Conference of State Legislatures says there's been a trend among several states to clarify the public's right to film police. He said about four states including Colorado and Illinois passed new laws addressing the issue last year.

But the Attorney General's Office and the Honolulu Police Department oppose the bill, saying it's unnecessary as the right to film police in public is already protected under the First Amendment.

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