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Re: Story Hits the Gothamist (Re: I was taken in handcuffs for photography at the Freeman St Sta)

Posted by Broadway Lion on Tue Feb 17 11:22:51 2009, in response to Re: Story Hits the Gothamist (Re: I was taken in handcuffs for photography at the Freeman St Sta), posted by LuchAAA on Tue Feb 17 11:08:33 2009.

MTA workers may know that photography is legal, but they are still required to report suspicious behavior, and photography, according to their instructions might be suspicious. They call it in.

This is what happened to me last summer. I was shooting through the wide cab and RFW using a time exposure to make artsy photos.

My battery ran out, and so I got off the train at 96th Street to buy new batteries. There I was met by police officers who asked for identification. I gave them my ND driver's license. And he asked "Are you from North Dakota?" Well duh... it *is* a ND license, and it *is* my picture on it, but all I said was, "Yes" One officer called it in while I spoke with the other one. We spoke of North Dakota, of Pennsylvania, model subway trains and of photography. They gave me my ID back and told me that photography was permitted, but that they were required to check it out anyway.

Professionals.

ROAR

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