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Bill protecting those who film police moves through TX Legislature

Bill protecting those who film police moves through TX Legislature
By Martin Hill


A proposed bill introduced in the Texas State legislature would protect those who film police in public and would prohibit a person from being prosecuted if they refuse to stop filming at the command of an officer. SB 897, known as the "Freedom to Film Act," also provides attorneys fees to the plaintiff in the case of civil lawsuits for false arrest, which the bill analysis surmises would be 'rare'. In addition, the bill "provides that sovereign immunity to suit and liability is waived. This an important provision, since so-called "sovereign immunity" is the first line of defense that police always use when accused violating people's civil rights under color of law.
Authored by Republican State Senator Craig Estes, the bill was originally filed on 2/27/13.

Estes, first elected to the State Senate in 2001, serves as the "the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security." He also "authored and passed SB 18, the landmark Eminent Domain legislation that protects the private property rights of Texas landowners" in 2011. On his personal website CraigEstes.org, Senator Estes states "I am reminded of the words of Thomas Jefferson that a government big enough to give us everything we want, is powerful enough to take away everything we have."

Estes March 4th press release stated in part, "In recent years, as more and more people have started carrying smartphones, there has been a disturbing trend nationwide of citizens being harassed by law enforcement for filming, photographing, and recording law enforcement officers...The police are public servants, so they should not be doing anything that they would not want caught on film."
(continues here http://libertyfight.com/2013/bill_protecting_those_who_film_...

Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Veterans Today, Educate-Yourself.org, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, The Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, Jonathan Turley blog, National Motorists Association, RomanCatholicReport.com, Republic Broadcasting Network, WorldNetDaily, Dr. Kevin Barret's Truth Jihad radio show, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, Redlands Daily Facts, BlackBoxVoting, Strike-The-Root, David Icke, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com and DontWakeMeUp.Org

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The Texas legislature can be

very good on protecting citizens. Maybe this has a better chance if it's kept quiet. I love it when a legislature protects individual liberty.