Texas police filming bill dropped amid renewed opposition

FILE - In this combination of images taken from an April 4, 2015 video provided by attorney L. Chris Stewart, representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to break away from a confrontation with city patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. In the video, as Scott runs away, Slager pulls out his handgun and fires at Scott, who drops to the ground after the eighth shot. Slager has been fired and charged with murder following the release of the dramatic video. (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Amid renewed controversy over footage of a South Carolina police shooting, a Texas Republican lawmaker’s bill limiting police filming has been dropped.

Reports state that State Representative Jason Villalba of 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, or within 100 feet if the person carried a handgun.

Traditional news media would have been exempted from the Class B misdemeanor charge.

As news of Villalba’s bill spread, so did the opposition, which he said came from “far-left civil libertarians to our far-right people” and included the state’s biggest police union.

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