“I think the public has spoken very loudly”: Texas legislator DROPS bill to illegalize recording of police

by Allison Wisk

Days after footage of a South Carolina police shooting refueled a national conversation, a Texas bill that would limit filming of police activity met its demise.

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, confirmed Friday that he will not seek a public hearing for his bill, which would have made it illegal for a resident to film within 25 feet of police activity. Those carrying handguns would have been kept from photographing or recording police within 100 feet. The bill contains an exception for the news media.

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