At Denver city buildings, not just anybody can record audio and video anymore

Denverite: A new policy aimed at quelling disruptive protesters in Denver’s courthouses has been used against peaceful activists at city hall.

On Aug. 9 four Denver judges signed a judicial order that preempts people from using phones and other devices to record what happens in parts of the City and County Building — Denver’s city hall — as well as courthouses and municipal office buildings.

Denver’s government buildings belong to taxpayers, but the general public cannot freely record audio or video inside certain spaces without permission. Judges already had discretion to limit recording in courtrooms. The order gives police officers, deputies and private security contractors discretion to enforce the order at buildings that house the executive, legislative and judicial branches, but its main target is offices in the judicial branch, Second Judicial District Chief Judge Michael A. Martinez told Denverite. He wanted to prevent (sometimes loud, sometimes violent) spectacles from impeding court business.

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