My 1st encounter with rabid cops

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  1. Dmitri

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    I went to the lake today where I go all the time, and there were some cops in the parking lot talking to a lady. It looked like she hit a car while parking, no big deal. I had my camera, so I figured what the hell :)

    I took a photo and the male cop turns around and yells "That is unacceptable, stop right now!". I'm a good guy, I don't want trouble so I say no problem, put my lens cap on and start to turn away. He calls me back over to him, I go, he asks who I am. I say "I'm Todd" to which he responds "That means nothing to me" (lol?).

    Him and the female cop start yelling at me about how they are trying to investigate something and I'm interfering, I say that I was leaving. He keeps yelling at me (how do I know that's not a knife or a gun?), the female cop drags me off by the arm asking in what universe I think its acceptable to take a photo of police. Mind you, I know I'm well within my rights, but I don't say anything confrontational.

    She takes my liscense and heads to her car, telling me she'll arrest me for obstruction of justice. She doesn't come back, but sends someone else over with my lisence who tells me I have to leave, now. Still not wanting trouble, I say ok no problem, and I leave.

    Again, I know I was well within my rights and I could have made a whole issue of it, but honestly I wasn't trying to cause any problems. I just took a photo, the guy said stop and I did. Then they decided to call me back and go all NYPD blue on me.

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    Being well within your rights means little these days. Cops have virtually unlimited jurisdiction and almost no accountability these days.
     
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    They would not see my ID if they dont charge and arrest me. (maybe if they are being nice) Dont know what the law is in the states but here in Canada i dont have to give them ID without a specific charge... Then after being charged i would proceed to fight it and sue for emotional distress. :er:

    If they are nice to me i will be nice to them. If they are not then i will not be nice!
     
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    Bad cops, no donuts!
     
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    Maybe if Dmitri had some donuts they would have been nicer...


    New photography hint. Always have donuts on hand.:lol:
     
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    Same here, I think. But I wasn't trying to cause trouble, and if the cops feel like being big jerks they can find a reason to detain someone, or ticket their car, etc. They were way out of line, but we pick our fights and that wasn't one I needed to fight lol :)

    Opher and SchwettyLens -- :lol::lol::lol: from now on I will always have a fresh bag of donuts with me!!
     
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    Take a few hours and read Photography is Not a Crime — It’s a First Amendment Right his blog is pretty much dedicated to the police and how they screw with photographers. In some cases the good guys actually win.;)
     
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    Dmitri No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks for the tip, seems like some good stuff there :)
     
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    that is one of the many reasons cops are called pigs...
     
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    That's a good way to make sure you DO get arrested. Yes, I know from experience, and yes, I hate cops. :lol:

    Welcome to the police state.

    I've never met a nice cop in Texas...
     
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    Luckily the cops in my home town are pretty cool and actually very friendly.
     

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