A Connecticut state senator has introduced a bill that would not only guarantee the rights of citizens to record police, but hold police accountable when they prevent citizens from doing so.

Senator Martin Looney (D-New Haven) introduced the bill last month.

As Radley Balko of Reason Magazine notes, this is the first proposed law that would give citizens the right to file civil suit against police officers for violating these rights.

As we’ve seen so many times on this site, police officers have become so accustomed to violating these rights, even to the point of outright lying, that they obviously believe they are immune to any type of counter-action.

A bill like this would make them think twice about trampling on our First Amendment rights to record them.