Recently a cameraman for a local news station pressed charges against a friend of grieving family in an incident in Baytown, TX.
The family and the friend had requested the camera crews to leave the grieving family alone.
The cameraman continued to shoot footage trying to get a picture of the family mourning their loss. The friend being upset at the presence of the media and their refusal to leave as requested got into a verbal confrontational and was eventually charged with making terrorist threats. Tell me what friend would not have acted the same. He was protecting his friends during a time of great sorrow.
I am ashamed the media is allowed to remain and terrorize a family who is suffering a loss after being asked to leave.
This petition is an attempt to get a law put in place allowing police to have the power to make the media leave a family alone when asked. This does not mean simply stepping into the street (public property) and continuing to shoot footage. We are asking for the state government to make a law stopping the media from hounding (acting like paparazzi) grieving families and to be required to respect the rights of a family to grieve in peace and privacy.
If you agree with this petition, please sign it and let others know about it so they might sign it also. When we get enough signatures it will be passed on to the appropriate state representative to see what law can be passed to stop the media from abusing their power.
Please go to the link to read more about the specific incident that prompted this petition.
This is being sponsored by concerned citizens in Baytown, TX who want a change to protect grieving families from unwanted media harrassment.
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