The police do not like to be photographed. They take away the offender’s camera. They say it’s illegal to make a record of what they are doing.
Then they get sued. The city or county usually loses the case. The city or county pays money to the “criminal.”
This is good. Bureaucracies change only when (1) their budgets get cut; (2) they receive bad publicity; (3) an outside board takes over monitoring them. All three strategies are needed today.
Here is another case.
Police confiscate a college student’s camera because he dared to take photos of them while he was outside his home.
He was arrested. The charges: obstruction, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.
His attorney says he merely took photos.
The police arrested his girlfriend, too.
The police refise to talk to the press about the details.
Add “stonewalling” to the list of stupid police tricks.
The student was sitting on his front steps. The police pulled over a vehicle. He had a camera. He took pictures. He is a journalism student.
A policeman told him to stop taking pictures. He refused, claiming Constitutional rights. It was public space.
The student says one cop said, “Public domain, yeah we’ve heard that before!”
He says they pushed him to the ground and then handcuffed him.
His girlfriend was arrested when she tried to get his camera back. The camera belongs to Temple University.
She was charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct. This went on her record. She had to do community service to get this expunged.
The head of the journalism department asked an attorney to get involved. He sees this as having a chilling effect on free speech.