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View Diary: It took under 24 hours in the NYC area for the police to violate my rights (147 comments)

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  •  Here we go with the privilege bullshit (8+ / 0-)

    No, they had their rights violated. The cop was wrong.

    Following the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the Port Authority prohibited people from taking photographs on the premises of the bridge out of fear that terrorist groups might study any potential photographs in order to plot a terrorist attack on the bridge. Such prohibitions have since been lifted.
    •  What right was violated? (0+ / 0-)
      •  The right to photograph (3+ / 0-)
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        in public spaces.

        From what I understand of the law, you can take pictures from the middle of the bridge.

        I actually called the Port Authority to try and get an answer. I called the Media Relations Department 212 435-7000, and was given the name Anthony Altilio and the number 201-346-4161.

        I left a message and my number, asking specifically if photography is allowed from the middle of the bridge, and hope to hear back from him.

        Then this great mystery may be solved :)

        It's quite routine for police to be totally in the wrong as to where people are allowed to photograph, and it needs to be stood up to.

        The notion that this should be laughed off because it's just some white yuppies with a fancy camera ( made upstream) is pretty offensive.

      •  First Amendment to begin with (3+ / 0-)
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        Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply
        Your rights as a photographer:

            When in public spaces where you are lawfully present you have the right to photograph anything that is in plain view. That includes pictures of federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police. Such photography is a form of public oversight over the government and is important in a free society.

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