It’s become a little too common a story:
- police thugs beating the hell out of a citizen (who may or may not have done anything)
- citizen with camera takes pictures or video of police abuse
- police arrest photographer
- because apparently it’s illegal to record police brutality
The new trend is to make photographing the police illegal, although they will also arrest you for “obstructing law enforcement” – something you can apparently do from a distance. The Ministry of Homeland Security even wants us to view public displays of photography as potential terrorist activity.
But in Boston last week, the authorities were singing a very different tune, begging citizens to review their stills and video from the site of the Marathon bombings for clues to the identity of the attackers. How convenient. And utterly hypocritical. Carlos Miller over at PhotographyIsNotACrime is dead on the money.
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