TX Senator on Gun-Toting Vet's Arrest: "Stories like these are why I filed SB897"
By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
May 2, 2013

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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 which read:

Press Release from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2013
Contact: Liz White
512-463-0130

Texas veteran releases video documenting his illegal arrest Freedom to Film Act by Estes confirms the legality of filming the police

Austin — Army Master Sergeant. C.J. Grisham, a decorated war veteran, was recently arrested in Temple, Texas while on a hike with his 15-year old son trying to help him earn a Boy Scout merit badge. Yesterday, Grisham released a video of the incident, which shows police mistreating Grisham and accusing him of "rudely displaying" a weapon. Sgt. Grisham was eventually charged with resisting arrest.
The video was taken by Grisham's son and clearly shows that Grisham did not resist arrest. Police later reduced the charges to "interfering with a peace officer while performing a duty", which is a Class B misdemeanor.
"Stories like these are why I have filed SB 897, which makes it clear that Texans have a right to film police in the performance of their duties," Estes said. "Fortunately in this case, Sgt. Grisham was able to document the incident and the proof is on his side."

As the use of smartphones has proliferated in recent years, there has been a disturbing trend of Texas citizens being harassed by law enforcement for filming, photographing, and recording law enforcement officers, even though doing so is perfectly legal.

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."
Watch the video here: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/345714/free-cj-grisham

Estes serves nearly 820,000 constituents across Senate District 30 which includes all of Archer, Clay, Cooke, Erath, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Wichita, Wise, and Young counties and parts of Collin and Denton counties.

On Twitter April 17th, Estes linked to the National Review article Texas Soldier Arrested for ‘Rudely Displaying’ Weapon. He supported the soldier and reiterated that police must be held accountable:

A TX soldier was arrested for rude display of a gun. We must hold govt accountable, including the police bit.ly/ZYyLC9 #txlege

— Craig Estes (@EstesForTexas) April 17, 2013

@nicphillips Thanks for the mention on SB 897! It's important that a person's right to film the police is protected.

— Craig Estes (@EstesForTexas) March 19, 2013

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". Here are some more of his tweets:

SB 897 would increase govt transparency by protecting the perfectly legal activity of filming the police dallasne.ws/Wjxd8x #txlege

— Craig Estes (@EstesForTexas) March 12, 2013

I filed SB 897, the Freedom to Film Act, because I believe every Texan has a right to record on-duty police bit.ly/XDr1cv #txlege

— Craig Estes (@EstesForTexas) March 11, 2013

Schools should be focused on teaching our children, not tracking them using RFID chips bit.ly/WNikYb #txlege

— Craig Estes (@EstesForTexas) January 19, 2013


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