Posts Tagged ‘police’

Texas Lawmaker Receiving Death Threats for His Bill That Limits Photographing Cops

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Texas House of Representatives lawmaker Jason Villalba sparked quite a controversy earlier this month after proposing a bill that would make it illegal to photograph a police officer from within 25 feet. People were so angered by the idea that Villalba has received death threats from angry members of the public.
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Texas Bill Makes it a Crime to Photograph Police From Within 25 Feet of Them

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A week after Los Angeles agreed to train its law enforcement that public photography is not a crime, a bill has been proposed in Texas that would make it a crime for citizens to photograph or film police from within 25 feet of where the are.
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Judge: Police Can Use Fake Instagram Accounts to Try to See Your Private Photos

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A federal judge has decided that it’s okay for police officers to befriend Instagram users with fake accounts in order to gain access to photos shared through the service.
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Los Angeles to Be First Major City to Equip Every Cop with a Body Camera

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Los Angeles will be the first major city in the United States to equip every one of its officers on the street with a body camera. The city will be purchasing 7,000 cameras in order to document the activities of its officers and to promote transparency.
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Video: Cameraman Accused of ‘Repeatedly Hitting’ Police with His Camera Did No Such Thing

While covering the “re-occupation” protest in Mong Kok on Thursday night, an Apple Daily cameraman was arrested by police after he allegedly assaulted a police officer with his camera and then resisted arrest.

There’s just one problem with this story, told to the press by police: it’s not true. The video above captured by a South China Morning Post reporter paints a very different picture. Read more…

Dubai Police Will Start Using Google Glass and Facial Recognition to Automatically Sniff Out Bad Guys

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Identifying wanted criminals is about to get a whole lot easier for Dubai police thanks to the camera built into Google Glass and some custom-built facial recognition software. Read more…

Getty Photographer and Former Marine Scott Olson Arrested Monday in Ferguson


The photograph above, tweeted out by Huffington Post justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly, shows Getty photographer Scott Olson being taken into custody by Ferguson police while covering the ongoing protests and riots sparked by the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed African American man who was shot and killed by police on August 9th. Read more…

Photography, Authority and Race

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I am troubled by what I have seen.

In recent weeks, we have witnessed terrible, on-going episodes within our borders through photos and video that speak volumes about the tragedy of race. Racism is as old as human history, and there is a long, rich history of capturing race conflicts in the US by photographers like Charles Moore, Bruce Davidson, Gordon Parks and others.

But in this post 9/11 world, the balance of power has shifted towards authority — militarized officers outfitted with high-powered machine guns and body armor straight out of central casting for a Michael Bay film who seemingly police differently depending on the color of your skin. Read more…

NYPD Sends Out Official Memo Telling Officers They’re Allowed to Be Photographed

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The NYPD has sent out an internal memo that tells officers they aren’t allowed to take action to stop someone from photographing or filming them. This comes a whopping two years after Washington DC’s police chief sent out an almost identical memo. Read more…

NJ Cop: Constitutional Right to Take Pictures in Public Null Because ‘Obama Has Decimated the Friggin’ Constitution’

A New Jersey police officer is making headlines for how he responded Monday to a resident taking pictures in a public building. When the resident, one Steve Wronko, explained that it was his constitutional right, the officer told Wronko that “Obama has decimated the friggin’ constitution, so … if he doesn’t follow the constitution, we don’t have to.” Read more…