freedom of the press

A star-studded cast is currently involved in shooting “Rock of Ages” in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the producers have declared a 3-block area of the downtown area as a no-photography-zone.  Signs posted in the area read as follows:

Warning. No trespassing. Photography of this area is prohibited. Strictly enforced by FLPD. Violators subjet (sic) to arrest. City Ordinance 16-1 [click to continue…]

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The above video from Libertarian website Reason.com takes a look into the legal standing for police to stop and arrest photographers for photographing or filming in public areas.

[Reason via PetaPixel]

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As seen in the above video, Marlon Kautz, an Atlanta man attempting to document police activity, had his cameraphone seized after he refused to stop filming them in a public place. Those police officers then deleted the photos/video of the police activity.

In addition to the $40,000 in damages the City is paying to Kautz to avoid a civil rights lawsuit, the Atlanta Police Department is adopting new operating procedures that prohibit police from interfering with citizens who are recording police activity.

It’s nice to see official police procedures catching up with the First Amendment, eh?

[via PetaPixel and AJC]

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