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Bill would allow citizens to record peace officer-involved incidents

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DENVER -- Lawmakers will take up the issue of whether a citizen should have the right to record a peace officer-involved incident.

Testimony on Tuesday could come from a man who recorded a tough-to-watch incident that recently involved local law enforcement.

The tablet video shot by Levi Frasier could be part of the focal point of House bill 15-1290, “Concerning prohibiting a peace officer from interfering with a person lawfully recording a peace officer-involved incident.”

Frasier said the Denver Police Department took his tablet and tried to delete the video of an arrest and West Fifth Avenue and Federal Boulevard, even threatening to arrest him.

The bill’s language states that “if a peace officer destroys the recording or seizes it without consent or warrant, or if the peace officer interferes with the recording, the person recording is entitles to damages and a civil penalty of $15,000.”

The bill is sponsored in part by Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton.

The hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m.