30 January 2011

Not That This Should Need to Be Said But: ‘See, Officer, I Can Too Take That Picture’

You won't be able to read this version of this internal memo from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. But what it basically says is that law enforcement officers should stop harassing photographers who are making pictures of putatively "sensitive" Federal sites. It explicitly instructs officers to not seize equipment or otherwise interfere with photographers as they go about their business. You can find links to a life size (legible and printable) version of the document here at The New York Times.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Beth E. said...

You might check these out, as well:
Photog's rights cards

30 January, 2011 13:45  
Blogger jannx said...

FWIW as reported by the Washington Post.. "...While the settlement will benefit photographers working around federal buildings, the deal also specifies that officers are allowed to ask the name of the photographer and the purpose of his pictures. The officers are also allowed to take any "lawful steps to ascertain whether unlawful activity, or reconnaissance for the purpose of a terrorist or unlawful act, is being undertaken"
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If you read the decision there's not much that's changed in my opinion. There is still the right to stop photographers and state that "you are taking photographs for what purpose?” and the implication is "you better have an answer that I like…"

In my view this ruling is even worse since it strengthens the right of police to confront photographers.

As Yogi Berra said.. "it ain't over til it's over"

04 February, 2011 18:02  

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