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Title    Any American Can Take Any Police Officer's Photo
Date    Saturday August 16 2014, @01:58PM
Author    LaminatorX
Topic   
from the now-I-see-you dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/08/16/0648231

Hugh Pickens writes:

Olga Khazan writes in The Atlantic that police in Ferguson, Missouri, arrested two reporters Wednesday night as protests over the police shooting of an unarmed teenager continued for the fifth day. The journalists, the Washington Post's Wesley Lowery and the Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly, were only detained for about 15 minutes before being released, but the incident provoked widespread outrage over the Ferguson police's increasingly brutal tactics.

Lowery wrote that armed officers stormed a McDonald's in which he and Reilly were working and demanded to see ID. They then told Lowery to stop video recording them, and finally they ordered the reporters to leave and claimed they weren't leaving fast enough. According to other reports, the Ferguson police also demanded that an MSNBC camera man and a local Fox News crew take down their cameras. Police hit the crew of Al Jazeera America with tear gas and dismantled their gear.

"The arrest and intimidation of journalists for documenting the events in Ferguson is particularly disturbing because it interferes with the ability of the press to hold the government accountable. But actually, anyone journalist or otherwise can take a photo of a police officer," writes Khazan. "Citizens have the right to take pictures of anything in plain view in a public space, including police officers and federal buildings. Police can not confiscate, demand to view, or delete digital photos."

Links

  1. "Hugh Pickens" - http://poncacityweloveyou.com/
  2. "arrested two reporters Wednesday night" - http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/08/you-can-take-any-police-officers-photo/376064/
  3. "armed officers stormed a McDonald's" - http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-ferguson-washington-post-reporter-wesley-lowery-gives-account-of-his-arrest/2014/08/13/0fe25c0e-2359-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html
  4. "Police hit the crew of Al Jazeera America with tear gas and dismantled their gear" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/al-jazeera-ferguson-tear-gas-journalists_n_5678081.html
  5. "anyone journalist or otherwise can take a photo of a police officer" - https://www.aclu.org/free-speech/know-your-rights-photographers

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