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"This is a grossly unconstitutional bill that threatens government accountability and transparency, and the ability of citizens to document law enforcement encounters with the public. Citizens with cameras protect both law enforcement and the citizenry. Many open carry false arrests were dropped by DAs because of video documentation by a citizen with a camera. " - Open Carry Texas
"Representative Jason Villalba just filed one of the worst bills of the session, HB 2918, a bill that would would make it a criminal offense for you to record the police while they are arresting or detaining you. Not only would it make it a Class B misdemeanor to film police within 25 feet, it would make it a Class A misdemeanor for CHL holders to film police within 100 feet while legally carrying a concealed handgun.
In a time where many police departments feel it is necessary to wear body cameras to record their interactions with citizens, I simply don’t understand the reasoning that says citizens should be banned from also recording or photographing those encounters.
I also can’t begin to understand the logic that targets CHL holders (which are among the most law abiding citizens in the state) with harsher restrictions and harsher penalties than the average person.
The one part that seems clear to understand is that Representative Villalba believes that unless you a member of the media, filming the police within 25 feet should carry a penalty of up to a $2,000 fine and 6 months in jail, and filming the police within 100 feet should carry a penalty of up to a $4,000 fine and 1 year in jail if you are a CHL holder with a concealed handgun." -R.M.
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"According to the bill, you can't be filming within 25 feet ... but apparently if you are NOT filming, then it's ok to be within 25 feet. This bill isn't about protecting police from interference or distraction from their duties, or it would apply to everyone observing an encounter - everyone would be treated equally to stand back 25 feet, whether they are holding a camera or not. Its obviously about protecting bad cops from incriminating evidence. It also hurts GOOD cops - if we had cell phone recordings of Michael Brown charging at a cop and getting shot dead, then I doubt the Ferguson riots ever would have happened."- M.B.
Just say NO! to facisim. Say no to re-electing Rep. Villalba.
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