Police, Yet Again, Arrest Someone For Filming Them, Saying It's Obstruction Of Justice

from the sad dept

These stories are becoming all too common. The police in Suffolk County, New York (where I grew up, actually), arrested a freelance news photographer who was videotaping the conclusion of a police chase. The police told him to "go away," while letting others stay. The guy, Phil Datz, moved further away, and started filming again... at which point he was arrested and charged with obstruction. After realizing that they had no case (and after the story got some press attention), it was announced that charges would be dropped and that "officers will undergo media relations training." But it's pretty ridiculous that such training is needed in this day and age. There's simply no way that police should be on the street if they believe it's illegal to film them in public.

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    out_of_the_blue, 8 Aug 2011 @ 3:50pm

    Military training coming home.

    Many move from military to police. In Iraq and other US warzones, it's not uncommon for journalists to be targeted, and I don't mean asked to leave: the few remaining independent journalists (who aren't EMBEDDED with the military) are brave indeed. Most famous incident was early in the Iraq war when a tank literally fired at the hotel where journalists were known to stay, because they were filming from a balcony. And there's another well-known instance in which they gunned down a cameraman while he filmed them. (I may be woozy on details: don't want to refresh my memory of those sickening war crimes. There's no shortage of such crimes if you look.)

    So expect more and worse as lawless thugs come home trained that who has the guns are in total control and pay no attention to rights of "civilians". Wars of empire never leave the "homeland" free. -- As John Galt said, "Brothers, you asked for it."

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