Texas Citizen Journalist Illegally Arrested for Filming Open Meeting

The Texas Constitution states:

A person in attendance may record all or any part of an open meeting of a governmental body by means of a recorder, video camera, or other means of aural or visual reproduction”


However, some police officers, and definitely Rep. Byron Cook, either do not know the Texas Constitution, they do not care about it, or they believe they are above it, as reported by Project Veritas.

In March, a mother and citizen journalist was covering a governmental hearing regarding an anti-abortion bill that was being held at the Capitol.  She saw a sign posted in the room that stated only “Capital Media Credentials” would be allowed to record the proceedings.  Knowing this went against the Texas Constitution, and thus State Law, the citizen journalist, Amy Hedtke, proceeded to set up, as any other journalist would.

The video, which can be seen below, shows Chairman, Byron Cook, making an announcement at the beginning of the meeting, that the hearing is being live streamed on the Capitol’s website. “Only credentialed media is allowed to visually record,” Chairman Cook stated from the panel, “Anyone else will be asked to leave.”

Upon noticing Amy at the back of the room, the officers present quickly approached her, instructing her to adhere to the chairman’s illegal request, and demanded she stop video recording the hearing.  When she showed the officers the law, (even reading it directly from the Texas Constitution),  Texas Department of Public Safety troopers dragged her out in handcuffs from the State Affairs Committee hearing, and she was arrested for criminal trespassing, according to videos posted online and  Breitbart.


Some information about Representative Byron Cook.    

He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002.  (It seems to me he’s been there TOOByron Cook LONG)  He represents District 8, which includes Anderson, Freestone, Hill and Navarro counties.    He stands firm to protect Sanctuary Cities in Texas, while granting these illegal aliens driver’s licenses.

He also has voted in favor of allowing minors to file a court order that will ALLOW the minor have an abortion without the consent of the parent  HB 3994 (sounds more like the state owning our children to me).

He voted in favor of HB 1340, which allows minors to give their OWN consent to vaccinations, again, without the consent of the parents.

Address: 1400 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-0730


 

While Byron Cook has voted for and authored some bills I do find helpful, he is NOT above the law and should receive NO IMMUNITY for acting above the law.  We need to make our voices heard NOW before we no longer have voices to raise.  It is quickly getting to that point.

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