Aggression towards photographers

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  1. Para

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    Hi I am compiling complaints from photographers who have been stopped by the police, Community Support Officers, or any other public body and any private security guard from taking a photograph legally that means on any public property, areas that allow photography.
    I am compiling this as a demonstration that it is increasingly difficult to take a photograph without interference, the new Home Security Laws are going to make it more difficult. The Met Police are now saying phone us and we will decide if a person is taking a photograph who we think is suspicious even if its a mobile phone camera.
    Private security companies are not getting in on the act.
    So if you wish to be able to take a photograph in a public place without the fear of being arrested and branded a terrorist or a pedophile send your email with your complaint with time and date, be as informative as possible, I have a Member of the Scottish Parliament who I am in contact about this he has already contacted the Justice Secretary to press concerns
    Email me your complaints to:
    photo-complaints@live.com
    Stand up for your rights to keep your hobby and your living.
    Pete
     
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    I have a feeling this one is going to become a rollercoaster just like the last one.
     
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    Well, I have been stopped and searched by Met Police once. They were pretty polite and did not interfere with my photography other than stealing some of my time.

    private security, however, can be quite a different story.
     
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    I've been stopped by both, Police and Private security. The police officer was genuinly curious, and the private security guard thought I was setting up a rifel on my tripod. Upon sheading a little light on things with his portable flood light only to find a camera, he then inquired if I had photographed any UFOs.
     
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    You certainly were not so stupid to tell him that you got any? He might have confiscated the film then :p
     
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    Given the sphiel he gave me, you are prolly right, they would be a must have for his private collection :lol:



    ...But then again he might have paid for them to, as by this time he knew he was in the wrong and that I was not the person to try stupid stunts with.
     
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    Never had a problem. Common courtesy goes a long way.
     
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    I just recently had a run-in with a cop who stopped me after I used my cell phone to take a picture of him and his patrol car in a 7-Eleven parking lot. The details are here:
    http://rashynullplanet.com/blog/2008/03/13/close-encounter/

    Shortly after that unpleasantness, I came across this list of photographers' rights:
    http://photojojo.com/content/tips/legal-rights-of-photographers/

    That list on PhotoJoJo is based on info from an attorney in Oregon. Does anyone know if it's applicable to Michigan as well?

    Thanks!

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    Have you ever stopped to consider how you'd feel if you had that job and someone took your photo? No, I guess you really don't care about the risks that others take on your behalf. If I were the chief, I'd post your letter on the bulletin board along with a description of your vehicle and the tag number.
     
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    I am afraid, but this is not how it works ... this will cause a smile, laughter, or whatever.

    You are not entitled to demands like that. This reads the same as if I would mail the mayor that I want him do do next weeks shopping for me and drop stuff in my driveway at Friday evening. It is just as absurd.
     
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    You missed the equally absurd #1:
    I would like a written apology from the officer. Via email is sufficient.

    This all started because he objected to police officers taking coffee breaks!
     
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    Oh, right, quick copy and paste. thank you :)

    Wasn't Axel F a cop in the area? I doubt he would have send an apology :mrgreen:
     
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