TX Senator on Gun-Toting Vet's Arrest: "Stories like these are why I filed SB897"Submitted by Resistance_2009 on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 16:41
By Martin Hill
A Texas State Senator who has introduced a bill protecting those who film police has commented that the recent case of C.J. Grisham is an example of precisely why he needed to file this bill. Senator Craig Estes issued a statement after the arrest which stated, in part,
"SB 897 seeks to clarify that a citizen is not acting unlawfully by filming police officers during the course of their normal duties. Under the bill, if a citizen is charged with a crime for filming the police, such as interference with public duties, failure to obey the police, or assaulting an officer, and is subsequently acquitted, the citizen may recover the costs of defending the frivolous charges.
"My hope is that this bill will cause Texas law enforcement to think twice before arresting and charging a person who is doing nothing more than filming the police," Estes said. "The police are public servants, so they should not be doing anything that they would not want caught on film."
Estes, first elected in 2001, is also on the right side of many other issues as well. He is a vigilant defender of the 2nd Amendment, advocates lower taxes, less regulation, and opposes microchips tracking students in schools. In early 2013 he introduced a bill "prohibiting the use of radio frequency identification technology to transmit information regarding public school students." He also authored SB 1016, which promoted abolition of the "Texas-Israel Exchange Fund Board". (article continue here http://libertyfight.com/2013/estes_says_vets_arrest_is_why_w... )