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Photographer Forcefully Arrested After Shooting on Metrorail Platform

Photographer, blogger, and photographers rights’ activist Carlos Miller has made headlines quite a few times over the past few years with his legal rumbles with authorities over photography in public places. Miller, who often instigates the disputes for the purpose of bringing photographers’ rights into the spotlight, recently had another big confrontation with authorities in Miami (it’s not the first time it has happened).

The video above is Miller’s documentation of the incident. He says he was “attacked, choked, suffocated and handcuffed by 50 State security guards” for shooting photos and video on the Miami-Dade Metro rail this past Sunday night.

According to Miller, his friend was photographing Dade County Courthouse from the rail platform and he was photographing his friend. Here are the photos that they shot:

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Miller says that they were spotted by a security guard and warned over a loudspeaker to stop shooting photographs. When they didn’t put their cameras away, security guards arrived to confront them. Miller then started recording footage with his phone, which resulted in the video above.

Here’s Miller’s account of how the alleged assault went down:

[The security guard] said it was illegal to photograph the rail portion of the train, which, of course, is complete hogwash. He then accused me of being drunk. I had three drinks in two hours while watching football and I am not a lightweight. They then told me I had to leave the Metrorail because I was drunk and I refused because I had not done anything illegal. I just wanted to take the train home. And I wasn’t drunk. He didn’t notice I had been drinking until he got close to me and he smelled something.

But as they started crowding me, I started walking towards the escalator. At the top of the escalator, one of them shoved me hard as if to push me down the escalator, which is when I shoved back. Then three of them piled on top of me, including one choking me where I couldn’t even breathe, leaving me gasping for air. When R. Myer walked up to us, I was hoping he would de-escalate the situation but he escalated completely. He is a tall black man who wears a USMC logo on his name badge. He was the one choking me. He wouldn’t have hesitated to kill me.

The two were handcuffed and detained for an hour until actual police officers arrived on the scene. The officers recognized Miller from previous confrontations. Miller and his friend were then released with a $100 citation for “producing loud or excessive noise.”

After arriving home, Miller shot this video to show the extent of the injuries he claims to have received at the hands of the guards:

Miller says that he is considering escalate his pending state lawsuit into a federal lawsuit. You can read his full account of what transpired over on his blog.

I was Attacked by Miami-Dade Metrorail Security Guards for Taking Photos and Shooting Video [Photography is Not a Crime]


 
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  • sfmc98

    So actually the security staff acting on behalf of the property owner has every right to restrict photography within the station

    Its a metro station. It falls under the rules of the metro system. There are no special rules at this station that prohibit photography. In every guard booth in the system is a memo prohibiting exactly what they did because of previous incidents of wrongly applying their no photo ‘policy.’

  • http://www.facebook.com/duke.shin1 Duke Shin

    These rentacops are people who were a bit TOO stupid to be a cop.

  • http://twitter.com/PhotogPhillip Phillip Pessar

    For whatever its worth I take photos all the time from this location and other Metro Rail and People Mover locations throughout Miami Dade County and have never had a problem. If I see a security guard I sometimes will ask if its OK if I take a few photos and have always been told to go ahead. On occassion I have been told as long as the photos are non commercial or just for me. I have used everything from an iPhone and a compact point and shoot to Polaroid 600 cameras.

  • http://twitter.com/JDennisThomas J. Dennis Thomas

    Thus is a person who is doing TWO things simultaneously. First he purposely instigates law enforcement to “bring photographers rights into spotlight”, but as he’s doing this so-called “service” for the photographic community he is also portraying photographers in a very bad light.

    If photographing in public places is legal, actions like the ones this man is taking is only going to cause cities to pass laws that WILL make it illegal to photograph in public. It’s a simple as that.

    The person is doing a great disservice to all photographers simply to gain attention for himself. His actions should not be applauded they should be condemned. He’s a black eye on the photography community.

  • Clark

    Except they can’t pass laws, they’d be automatically superseded by the Constitution which has its own amendment process, which wouldn’t be able to pass an amendment allowing that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647684635 Carlos Miller

    So obviously you don’t believe in spontaneous photography. I already know the laws when it comes to taking pictures on the Metrorail, so I don’t have to go out of my way to seek permission.

    I didn’t provoke anything. These guys provoked me.

  • Difdi

    The true irony of the official Philly police department position that any law that says a private citizen can walk around their city armed MUST be invalid…

    …is that that same statute (not the title or chapter, that EXACT statute) is what gives police the authority to walk around Philly armed, without being guilty of committing a crime.

  • Dave Totzke

    Godwin’s Law. You lose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/igor.kennn Igor Ken

    Listen Carlos, just from observing of how you behave on this forum, and how you start online brawls with anyone who disagrees with you, I have figured out that you are just an assh*le. Sorry for that but I bet you get that a lot anyway. So yeah. “I am not a hero but I am also not ethical”. I don’t know if you did that on purpose but I mean, of course you have no ethics, look at how you speak to others and how you go attention fishing with guards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/igor.kennn Igor Ken

    Sorry, maybe I shouldn’t even be speaking… I live in Switzerland and have no knowledge of the situation in US. Guards here have no right to arrest people, they can only call the police but they can’t actually do anything, since they are just private citizens working for private security agencies.

    This behavior of the guards is part of a uniform-syndrome that affects most people who are insecure and just like to make everyone else’s day miserable… nevertheless I still feel like Carlos was provoking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/igor.kennn Igor Ken

    You just make yourself look even more like a fool if you keep calling names :) You already have no credibility, save yourself from further embarrassment please.

  • http://twitter.com/Jet5tar Chris Lyn

    Are you talking about shooting with bullets? If not, I never had any problems with taking photos of people in public in Paris.

  • http://twitter.com/Jet5tar Chris Lyn

    Oh you don’t? How would you know? They could all be concealed weapons. Anyways, you are missing my point.

  • http://twitter.com/WallStreetWeed WallStreet

    Give a moron the authority to tell reasonable men what to do, and act surprised when they act like morons. Community college grads w/ thug mentality – “Respect my authoritah!!!”. TSA, transit cops, DEA (DUH) are all the same – kick asses, crack heads, push and provoke w/ impunity. Time to reign in the dogs before they REALLY start making their own rules. These are public employees – we own them, not the other way ’round.

  • 3w3gq234q345r3tqtg

    kill yourself

  • wghaw3rt4qa2354

    boot licking retards like you should be exterminated

  • wrgq356q

    kill yourself

  • 4yq356156

    kill yourself Igor. you are subhuman trash.

  • 3wyw45y2w456

    yeah. I’d hunt them down and exterminate their entire genetic line.

  • Mike Mayors

    “I immediately obeyed. That’s how non-violent law enforcement can be. Civilized people talk instead of escalating.”

    I don’t think the non-violence is due to you “talking”, rather it’s due to you allowing them to violate your rights. I’m sure you if you attempted to “talk” about the legality of such a police order the situation would have ended very differently.