Feren (feren) wrote,

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Yep, photography is still a crime.

So most recently comes news about a D.C. official, who is also a freelance documentary photographer, being arrested for "assault on a police officer". Yeah, taking pictures certainly constitutes assault.

I support police officers, I really do. Having grown up with a father who worked in public safety, I was around a lot of police officers and fire fighters from before I could walk to the day I moved out of the state to attend college. I've known many officers and K-9 units for a long, long time -- still am friends with a number of them back home and in Illinois. I know there are two sides of every story. I know there are good cops and bad cops, just as there are respectful, law-abiding citizen photographers and brazen, do-anything-for-a-buck/attention douchebag photographers.

I'm going to be posting links to these stories more frequently becasue the abuse of power against photographers (seems we're either "possible terrorists" or "impeding an official investigation" by taking pictures of public servants performing their duties in public) is continuing or becoming increasingly frequent. It's still just as troubling to me as it was before I posted my last entry about this sort of thing, I'm just going to talk about it more frequently from this point forward.

For those who do not share my interests in photography and the politics surrounding it, I'll try to put my longer diatribes behind cut tags so you don't have to be bored by it.
Tags: boston_blowing_shit_up, photography, photography_is_not_a_crime, politics

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