Requiring camera happy spectators to keep their distance is not only reasonable, but is imperative for the safety of the police officer and sometimes those he is questioning or arresting or giving a ticket to or whatever. In especially highly charged situations like the fight following the hockey game etc., the policeman often has multiple issues in progress and doesn't need to worry about who is crowding around him. It isn't much different than the police order to 'Move along, there's nothing to see here" kind of order to disperse a crowd that detracts from a police investigation.
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Terrible idea all the way around, especially since it amends a bill that already prohibits interfering with a police officer doing his duty. Hopefully this dies in committee like most such boneheaded legislation.
FWIW, here's an interview with him about the bill: Texas Bill Would Make Recording Police Illegal
Not persuasive. Cops don't like getting filmed, and some of those filming might be rude. That's too bad....What his bill IS aimed at, Villalba said, are cop-watch groups that consist of “agitators posing as journalists in order to interfere” with officers doing their job.
“They follow the police scanner, and as soon as they hear about an arrest,” he said, “they immediately get in the vicinity of the officer and start taunting the officer while the arrest is occurring.”
Villalba said representatives of the Dallas Police Association and a state peace officers’ group approached him about a bill that could give cops on the street a established camera-free zone (except for media) so cops could go about their jobs.