Another Photographer Arrested

Started Jul 27, 2006 | Discussions thread
kellert Senior Member • Posts: 2,620
Big Deal

With today's "instant" access to communications, information and media we are only going to see/hear more of this.

it doesn't mean that it's epedemic or getting worse.

i would have been more concerned about my rights as a photographer 40, 30, or even 20 years ago.

marcuson wrote:

PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia family said they are outraged over
the arrest of one of their family members.

The family of Neftaly Cruz said police had no right to come onto
their property and arrest their 21-year-old son simply because he
was using his cell phone's camera. They told their story to Harry
Hairston and the NBC 10 Investigators...

Cruz said that when he heard a commotion, he walked out of his back
door with his cell phone to see what was happening. He said that
when he saw the street lined with police cars, he decided to take a
picture of the scene...

"They threatened to charge me with conspiracy, impeding an
investigation, obstruction of a investigation. … They said, 'You
were impeding this investigation.' (I asked,) "By doing what?' (The
officer said,) 'By taking a picture of the police officers with a
camera phone,'" Cruz said...

The NBC 10 Investigators asked the ACLU union how they viewed the
incident.

"There is no law that prevents people from taking pictures of what
anybody can see on the street," said Larry Frankel of the American
Civil Liberties Union. "I think it's rather scary that in this
country you could actually be taken down to police headquarters for
taking a picture on your cell phone of activities that are clearly
visible on the street."

http://www.nbc10.com/news/9574663/detail.html

Welcome to the Police State!

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