Police Car photos ?

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  1. robdavis305

    robdavis305 TPF Noob!

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    I was told that taking a photo of a police car was a criminal offense and subject to a fine or 30 days in jail. Has anybody else ever heard of this?
     
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    ottor No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Short answer ...... ah, .......no. You can take pictures of any police activity, as long as you're not in the way and not hindering any of their actions..

    Oh, wait a minute..... you're in tennessee.. :scratch:
     
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    The first question I would ask is, who told you this? The best way to answer this would be to ask a police officer. My understanding is that if it's in a public place, the police officers, their vehicles, and their activities are fair game. It's very likely that in their operating procedures and/or training, this is mentioned, so they should know. You could also call the police station nearby and ask. I would personally ask to speak to a lieutenant or higher as they're going to likely have better knowledge of this than a patrol officer on the street.
     
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    My money says that a police officer is who told him this.
     
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    Bwa ha ha :lmao::lmao::lmao:

    If you spend time in jail for taking a picture of a police car, find yourself a lawyer and you will become a rich man.
     
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    :lmao: Ask a police officer? I don't think that's the way to get a straight answer. ;)
     
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    If you are in public and not impeding the police, you are good to go. Police get touchy about photographers, and try to get you to stop by bullying you, but you can ask them if you are breaking a law, point blank. If they say yes, ask what law, and watch them start bumbling :)

    don't be afraid to be firm without being an ass, police usually get their back up when people are disrespectful.
     
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    Use some common sense though...

    Just because you're not "breaking the law" doesn't mean they can't totally **** up the rest of your night/weekend.
     
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    This is true. Cops can--and will--arrest you for anything if they are predisposed to do so. They will come up with any charge ranging from trespassing, failure to leave when asked, obstruction, interfering with a police officer, etc. etc. It doesn't matter to them that the charges may be dropped or reduced. The point is that you will be thrown into lockup with all manner of ne'er-do-wells--from drunk drivers, to addicts coming off of a 2 week meth bender. You'll have to bail yourself out of jail ($500+), hire a lawyer ($1500 retainer), car impounded?, gear confiscated--oh no! don't know HOW those photos got erased...SORRY!, and on, and on, and on....

    Unless you are a credentialed reporter with the backing of your news organization, it's best not to argue the intricacies of photographers' rights with a cop with an attitude if you are not on your property.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    LOL, one other thing to consider if you're ever in a position where there is a chance of getting locked up... Who are you going to call?

    You can only make collect calls from jail, and a cell phone cannot accept a collect call.
    How many of your friends still have a landline?


    Just saying... Getting locked up sucks! Especially for some stupid BS that you won't even get charged with.

    It sucks more when nobody knows where you are and you can't call them.
     
  11. Battou

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    No, you can not be jailed for photographing police vehicles.


    If that where true I'd be in a world of **** with the sheriffs department
    Starflight by Battou - Photo Lucidity
    A Life on the Line by Battou - Photo Lucidity
    ^^Yes that is a Sheriffs department chopper below is a shot of the same heilo on the same day with different exposure.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/battousaiofnphiles/Photos/468938_F400_011_1.jpg

    And the SNI marshals
    Seneca Nation Marshals by Battou - Photo Lucidity

    as well as the local fuzz
    Got Snow by Battou - Photo Lucidity
    Finishing up by Battou - Photo Lucidity - I was standing right next to a policwe car when I took that one
    Mercy Flight 2 by Battou - Photo Lucidity - I got three of them there
    SPD by Battou - Photo Lucidity - I E-mailed this one to the police department and gave them permission to use it on their website...they did not use it but still.


    Those are just what I've put online, rest assured there are many more.
     
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    My daily driver is a 2003 P71 Police Interceptor - I have many pictures of it :)

    I don't see why you couldn't take pictures of police cars?
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