TUCSON, Ariz. — This story originally referenced an upcoming Ice Cube concert in Tucson. The show was in 2018.
Actor and musician Ice Cube asked Tucson to reexamine an ordinance that could make it illegal to film police scenes.
In a Sunday tweet that quoted Mayor Regina Romero's explanation of the ordinance, Ice Cube tweeted "Please make sure its pro-people and not pro-Law Enforcement. Y'all should have an emergency meeting to make sure you're satisfying the great citizens of Tucson and surrounding areas. I love it there I'd hate to miss it."
Please make sure its pro-people and not pro-Law Enforcement. Y’all should have an emergency meeting to make sure you’re satisfying the great citizens of Tucson and surrounding areas. I love it there I’d hate to miss it. https://t.co/GLcnXnHZn9
— Ice Cube (@icecube) June 7, 2020
Adopted by the City Council April 21, Ordinance 11746 makes interfering with a crime scene or the surrounding area a potential class two misdemeanor punishable by up to four months in jail and a $750 fine.
The ordinance does not ban the recording of police activity in general.
Romero caught Ice Cube's attention after responding to a viral tweet that mischaracterized the ordinance.
This is misinformation. The ordinance explicitly recognizes and codifies that "the public has a clear right to free speech and to record police activities that take place in public."
— Regina Romero (@TucsonRomero) June 6, 2020