Monday, August 18, 2014

Photography Is Not A Crime

If you're in a public place and you're not interfering with traffic, or trespassing, or impeding the work of a police officer, or breaking any other law, it's legal for you to take pictures.
By William Sawalich Published in Blog
Photography Is Not A Crime
If you're in a public place and you're not interfering with traffic, or trespassing, or impeding the work of a police officer, or breaking any other law, it's legal for you to take pictures. As a reminder to its officers, the New York Police Department just sent out a memo stating, "Members of the public are legally allowed to record police interactions. Intentional interference such as blocking or obstructing cameras or ordering the person to cease constitutes censorship and also violates the First Amendment." Stories of intimidation and arrest of journalists and photographers made headlines last week, and they serve as another reminder of how many of us, from photographers to police, are unclear of our constitutional rights. It's up to photographers to know their rights and to obey all lawful requests from the police without hesitation. It's equally important that the police ensure that their requests are lawful, given that nothing less than the first amendment is called into question every time a law abiding photographer is asked to stop what they're doing. Kudos to the NYPD for issuing the reminder, and here's to hoping there will be less need for them in the future.

http://petapixel.com/2014/08/11/nypd-sends-out-official-memo-telling-officers-theyre-allowed-to-be-photographed-and-filmed/
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