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

Posted by BMTLines on Thu Feb 19 08:01:15 2009, in response to 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.

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.

But by not doing or saying anything afterwords the harassment continues... I would have written to the LIRR, the MTA the NYCLU and the NPPA naming names and badge numbers, etc. The MTA issued a letter to the NYCLU specifically mentioning the fact that photography anywhere on the LIRR is perfectly legal. Apparently they have reneged on that agreement and if there are enough complaints perhaps the NYCLU can proceed on the lawsuit they originally threatened if the MTA did not comply.

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