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  •  Apparently the diarist did not know the rules (3+ / 0-)
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    saluda, Heavy Mettle, VClib

    when he accused the Port Authority police of breaking the rules.  

    See here:  

    Bridges and Tunnels

    The Port Authority operates the George Washington, Goethals and Bayonne bridges; the Outerbridge Crossing; and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. Videotaping and photographing at toll plazas at any of these facilities is prohibited, and the Port Authority reserves the right to restrict videotaping and photography to designated areas at all of its bridges and tunnels.

    For access to these areas, approval must be received in advance from the Media Relations Unit, 212 435-7777, during regular business hours.

    It appears that the police were following the rules and the diarist was not.  Perhaps, if the story is accurate, the police spoke to the diarist harshly, but it seems clear that the diarist, and not the PA police, was the one breaking the rules.  Police officers sometimes speak harshly to people who break the rules and then, when told to stop, begin to argue or say anything other than, "Sorry, I didn't know it was against the rules."  

    Now, you can debate whether that SHOULD be the rule.  But in my view, you can't criticize a police officer for enforcing the rules he/she is bound to enforce.  

    •  The rules have been lifted (3+ / 0-)
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      Choco8, Shotput8, Kevskos

      you and the cop were wrong. Would you like to revise your post ?

    •  No (3+ / 0-)
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      Shotput8, Kevskos, Tonedevil

      They weren't at a toll plaza, they were at the middle of the bridge, where photography is now LEGAL.

      •  Please read carefully. (2+ / 0-)
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        saluda, VClib

        from the PA website link above:  

        Videotaping and photographing at toll plazas at any of these facilities is prohibited, and the Port Authority reserves the right to restrict videotaping and photography to designated areas at all of its bridges and tunnels.
        Unless the diarist was in one of the "designated areas" for videotaping and photography (which he does not indicate that he was) then what he was doing was against Port Authority rules.  
        •  Please read MORE carefully (1+ / 0-)
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          Tonedevil

          Yes, they "reserve the right" to restrict photography, but currently, and once again:

          Following the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the Port Authority prohibited people from taking photographs on the premises of the bridge because of the 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.
          "Reserving the right" does not equal "asshole cop can decide for himself".

          Photography from the bridge itself, is currently LEGAL.

          •  Answers.com? Seriously? (1+ / 0-)
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            VClib

            1.  First, you cite no source.  Apparently your source -- as you linked to above -- is Answers.com.  Please tell me that you don't consider Answers.com to be a more reliable indication of Port Authority rules than the Port Authority.  I would hope no one really would believe that.  

            2.  More importantly, the Port Authority website DOES NOT SAY THAT PICTURES ARE PROHIBITED.  It DOES say that picture taking is LIMITED TO DESIGNATED AREAS.  

            Unless the diarist was in one of the designated areas for picture-taking, he apparently was violating Port Authority rules.  

            You can certainly argue that the rule should be lifted.  But it's kind of ridiculous to say that Answers.com is a better source for Port Authority rules than the Port Authority website.  

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