In Texas, it may soon be wise to put away your phone or recording devices when around police, unless you’re willing to risk arrest.
It sounds like a clear violation of our constitutional rights, but a bill introduced to the Texas House of Representatives aims to make it illegal for private citizens to record police within 25 feet.
The restrictive House Bill 2918, introduced by Texas Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), states that only a “radio or television that holds a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission, a newspaper that is qualified under section 2051.044 or a magazine that appears at a regular interval would be allowed to record police,” according to the Houston Chronicle.
In addition, the bill would make recording police within the 25 feet specified a class B misdemeanor. Citizens who are armed would not be allowed to record police activity within 100 feet of an officer.
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