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Photography In Public Is Not A Crime
from the protecting-the-first-amendment dept
Sadly, we talk way too often about police arresting people for doing nothing other than taking a picture or filming them. The police officers being filmed and photographed make these arrests using various excuses, but frequently the charges get dropped for lack of merit. The reason charges rarely stick when an officer is filmed is because filming police, or anyone in a public space, is not illegal. Some people may not like it, but it is a fact.
The New York Times is waking up to this fact that photography is not a crime. In an interview with Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counselor for the National Press Photographers Association, they get down to the nitty gritty of the legalities surrounding this age old tradition. They also talk a bit about just why such arrests are happening more frequently.
Since 9/11, there’s been an incredible number of incidents where photographers are being interfered with and arrested for doing nothing other than taking pictures or recording video in public places.
It’s not just news photographers who should be concerned with this. I think every citizen should be concerned. Tourists taking pictures are being told by police, security guards and sometimes other citizens, “Sorry, you can’t take a picture here.” When asked why, they say, “Well, don’t you remember 9/11?”
I haven’t really thought of criminalizing photography as something to do with 9/11 before. I know that a lot of our rights have been eroded since that day, but the photography aspect never really clicked until now. Just as Mickey can’t make heads nor tails of this argument, I am struggling to find a connection here. I don’t recall cameras being a part of the plots to destroy the Twin Towers, Pentagon or White House.
Of course there could be more reasons for this increase in arresting photographers. Mickey suspects that part of the reason is the proliferation of the camera. Pretty much everyone with a smart phone has a camera capable of taking some very high quality pictures. Prior to this boom, the police had some modicum of control over the press. They knew the press wasn’t going to be everywhere and were used to not being under constant recordable surveillance by the public. Now that anyone could be filming them or taking their picture, they are more on edge and more prone to lashing out.
When this happens, it is important for those accused to know their rights. However, it is also important for the police to know the public’s rights as well. While you, as a photographer, may know that you have the right to take pictures or film in a public space, some officers may not know or may have forgotten that fact. That is why the Mickey and others have been working with police to keep officers reminded of that right.
Q. After photographers were stopped from photographing the police clearing Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zuccotti Park, you and representatives of a media coalition including The Times, met with the police commissioner Ray Kelly. What happened at that meeting?
A. It was on Nov. 23. I asked the commissioner if he would reissue the “finest message” from 1999 that dealt with the police cooperating with the press. He did that. It was read at 10 consecutive roll calls in every single station house and precinct.
The finest message is a policy statement on police interactions with the press. It states that officers are not to interfere with videotaping and photographing in public places. It also reminds officers that they have an obligation to assist the press whenever possible. This is very similar to the recent news when the DC police chief laid down the law on filming of officers.
Hopefully, continually repeating this message will help slow down this barrage of arrests for photographing the police. As more officers are reminded of the rights of the cameras-wielding public, we will hopefully start to see fewer future incidents. It would be great if other police departments across the nation follow the lead of NY and DC police in proactively spreading the word about the rights of the public to record and photograph the police.
- Pre-Conventions, Photographers Know Your Rights (reason.com)
- “The War on Terrorism Has Somehow Morphed into an Assault on Photography” (petapixel.com)
- Don’t Take A Picture In Public (crooksandliars.com)
- Veteran NYTimes Photographer Arrested & Allegedly Beaten by NYPD [Interview] (chasejarvis.com)
- Photojournalist group urges NYPD to ‘do the right thing’ (capitalnewyork.com)
- Photographer Arrested After Fight With Police (huffingtonpost.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment (mikehardisty.wordpress.com)
- Sebastien Zanella – Photography (wevelostcontrol.com)
- Times Photographer Roughed Up by NYPD Just Wants His Stuff Back (nymag.com)
- New York Times fights NYPD after photographer brutally arrested (rt.com)
‘I Like Your Pluck!’ Says Gracious Plutocrat
NOVEMBER 15, 2011
NEW YORK—Saying the recently arrested protesters had just the right kind of tenacity and pluck needed to shake up the financial services industry, magnanimous and benevolent Morgan Stanley banker Hank Billings approached members of the Occupy Wall Street movement Tuesday morning and hired each and every one of them on the spot. “This is exactly the kind of self-starting, ‘won’t go home till the job’s done’ kind of attitude I like to see,” said the gracious Billings, claiming that he had grown to admire “the cut of [the activists'] jib” since the movement began in mid-September and that “moxie such as [theirs]” should not go unrewarded. “You all were out there every day, giving it everything you had, and by God if you ever took no for an answer. Sure, you all took some digs at me, but who needs a bunch of yes-men standing around, anyway?” Billings then reportedly smiled, shook each protester’s hand, and said he would see them all in the office “bright and early Monday morning,” noting that a personal history of lawbreaking had never hindered anyone’s career on Wall Street.
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- The Loyal Opposition: The Next Step for Occupy Wall Street (loyalopposition.blogs.nytimes.com)
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By Gianna Palmer | McClatchy Newspapers
NEW YORK — In the latest round of demonstrations calling for corporate accountability, 16 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested in front of the global headquarters of Goldman Sachs in lower Manhattan.
A New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed that nine men and seven women were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The protest began with a mock trial of the giant investment firm at 10 a.m. in Zuccotti Park, the protesters’ base. During “A People’s Hearing of Goldman Sachs,” a group gathered to hear testimony from people who shared stories of how they were directly affected by Goldman Sachs’ influence on financial markets. Civil rights activist and Princeton professor Cornel West also spoke at the panel, as did journalists Chris Hedges and Nomi Prins.
A five-month McClatchy investigation in 2009 revealed how Goldman Sachs peddled billions of dollars in shaky securities tied to subprime mortgages on unsuspecting pension funds, insurance companies and other investors when it concluded that the housing bubble would burst.
Shortly before noon, the protesters began to make their way to 200 West St., Goldman’s headquarters.
“Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” the protesters chanted as they walked. Some drummed, other held signs. One protester held a piece of cardboard that read simply, “GREED.” Another said: “Goldman Sucks.”
Police with plastic handcuffs dangling from their belts walked alongside the demonstrators as they marched north on Church Street, past the National September 11 Memorial. The group arrived at the Goldman Sachs building just before 12:30 p.m.
At least 19 police offers stood on the pedestrian walkway watching as protesters blocked the front entrance of the building and delivered their “guilty” verdict. Soon, a white-shirted police officer entered the crowd with a megaphone and asked the protesters to leave. By this time, a small group had sat in a circle on the ground.
“You will be arrested, I repeat, you will be arrested,” the officer told the group when they stayed sitting, arms linked.
The majority of people moved to a nearby walkway.
“We stopped listening to orders, when will you?” a man shouted in the direction of the police, who were now gathered around the remaining group, all of whom would be arrested.
Among the first was activist Bill Talen, commonly known as Reverend Billy — an activist actor who was led away in plastic cuffs. The arrests were largely a nonviolent affair, though some protesters struggled as the officers picked them up by their hands and feet.
“First Amendment rights, First Amendment rights,” one woman shouted as she was handcuffed and led away to nearby police vans.
By 1 p.m., all of protesters in front of the Goldman Sachs entrance had been arrested. The same white-shirted officer then warned the remaining crowd of protesters that they were obstructing pedestrian and vehicular traffic and would be subject to arrest if they stayed.
The crowd slowly marched away, as a handful of employees in the Goldman Sachs building stood by the windows watching the protesters from several floors up. Police on foot and on motorcycles followed the group back to Zuccotti Park.
“The police as an institution are in a position where they’re protecting the real criminals, the people who are responsible for the economic state of the world right now,” said Zack Rosen, 22, as he was leaving Goldman Sachs headquarters. Rosen, who was previously arrested in another Occupy Wall Street protest, said he thought the demonstration “went great.”
- OWS: Chris Hedges, Rev. Billy and other protesters arrested at Goldman Sachs (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- Here’s What Happened Today When At Least 15 People Got Arrested Outside Of Goldman (GS) (businessinsider.com)
- #OccupyWallSt Roundup, Day 48 (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)
- A Letter by Goldman Sachs RE: Investing on Occupy Wall Street (michellesantos.wordpress.com)
- Latest developments in the Occupy protests (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Goldman Sachs Tries Tries To Shut Down Occupy Wall Street: A Greg Palast Investigation (newsworldwide.wordpress.com)
- NYC mayor becoming more critical of “Occupy” (cbsnews.com)
- Goldman Sachs and the Criminal Charges (trenhoteleuropa.wordpress.com)
- Occupy protesters lament violence in Oakland (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Oakland erupts into violence as demonstrators shut down port (independent.co.uk)
October 25, 2011
By Nurmi Husa
Early this afternoon, in a carefully coordinated series of simultaneous assaults, hundreds of police officers raided the corporate headquarters of Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank and several other large banks and arrested all the top management.
According to multiple sources the NYPD threw cans of tear gas cleverly disguised as Grey Poupon jars into executive dining rooms, surprising the banksters at lunch. Sources claim that the police quickly subdued the dumbfounded executives, ziptied their hands behind their backs and dragged them out to waiting paddy wagons by lapels, ties, shoelaces and in a number of instances, by thumbs and even ears.
Occupy Wall Street protestors in Zuccotti Park watched the operation in utter amazement. Several fainted out of sheer excitement and had to be revived by EMTs on hand.
From the Occupy Wall Street Twitter feed:
“The NYPD isn’t coming after OWS for a change!” noted blogger and usually stay-at-home dad, Justinian Nosario, who by chance had been bringing protestors a vat of homemade gluten-free jelly donuts at the time of the raid. “This is going to blow up the blogosphere. It’s a game-changer.”
- Free Wood Post – Wall Street Raided, Hundreds of Banksters Arrested (mbcalyn.com)
- There’s An App For Getting Arrested While Occupying Wall Street (alan.com)
- Occupy Wall Street’s First Potentially Effective Action Against the Banksters (chariotofreaction.blogspot.com)
- Why Everyone Needs To Get Involved @ #OccupyWallStreet (newsworldwide.wordpress.com)
- FIRST LOOK: MTV’s ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Reality Show (huffingtonpost.com)
- Today in Banksters (slog.thestranger.com)
- Five-star Occupy Wall Street Chef – broke, but proud (rt.com)
- Brutal arrests at Occupy Oakland (rt.com)
- MTV trains its cameras on Occupy Wall Street (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Occupy Chicago and Wall Street protests – live coverage (guardian.co.uk)