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

Posted by 3-9 on Thu Feb 19 02:59:21 2009, in response to Re: Story Hits the Gothamist (Re: I was taken in handcuffs for photography at the Freeman St Sta), posted by Jeff Rosen on Wed Feb 18 10:52:35 2009.

There probably is a violation for "unauthorized photography" which is related to the restrictions to photography such as using a tripod, commercial use, etc. The problem is that the summons cards that the cops use doesn't explain the law. It would probably have the words "unauthorized photography" with the code number.

I think that's a very valid point, based on what happened to me. I got questioned at Jamaica Center for taking pictures, and toward the end, one of the cops pointed out a printed card in their ticket book which said something like "unauthorized photography", with no clarification. They then let me know they were letting me off easy and that they were within their rights to ticket me because of this. Of course they could also be using it as a form of "written proof" that they were within their rights to harass photographers, in case the photographer put up a defense.

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