December 5, 2023

State asks judge to dismiss second lawsuit challenging law creating 25-foot bubble around police

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A new law criminalizes anyone who gets within 25 feet of law enforcement after being told to stop. - Justin Hicks/IPB News

A new law criminalizes anyone who gets within 25 feet of law enforcement after being told to stop.

Justin Hicks/IPB News

The state is asking a federal judge to dismiss a second lawsuit challenging a new law that criminalizes anyone who gets within 25 feet of police after being told to stop.

A group of media organizations and Indianapolis newspaper and television stations sued the state in October over the law. They argue it is unconstitutional, allowing law enforcement to prevent the press from documenting police activity.

But attorneys for the state argue the lawsuit should be dismissed because it’s purely hypothetical. The media outlets and organizations haven’t been affected by the law, and the state said they haven’t shown that they likely will be.

READ MORE: Suit seeks to strike down law criminalizing bystanders who get within 25 feet of police

The state also said this lawsuit shouldn’t move forward because there’s already another lawsuit — filed earlier, in August — challenging the law. That case involves a citizen in South Bend who regularly films law enforcement for his YouTube channel. And the new 25-foot bubble was applied to him by police at the scene of a shooting.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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