"The Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit is in the process of reviewing the incident involving a KSTP cameraman Chad Nelson last Saturday evening. We instructed all of our officers before this, and any demonstration, to not take individual actions unless they are warranted for personal safety. From my preliminary review of the video regarding Mr. Nelson, the officer’s interference does not appear to be necessary. If that is the case, I am a very disappointed."

- Minneapolis Police Chief Timothy Dolan

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Pa. College Journalist Arrested while Photographing Traffic Stop | SPLC

Philadelphia Police Department policy urges police to expect and accept that they will be photographed while on duty.

“As such,” the policy reads, “police personnel shall not interfere with any member of the general public or individuals temporarily detained from photographing, videotaping or audibly recording police personnel while conducting official business or while engaging in an official capacity in any public space.”

Temple professor Ed Trayes, whose class Van Kuyk was taking the photos for, said this is the worst case of a student photojournalist arrest he’s seen in 50 years of teaching.

“I can’t think right now of another time when (an arrest) resulted in physical injury,” he said.


Ben Franklin’s Ghost Teaches You Photographer’s Rights

It’s easier than ever to capture images of public goings-on with all our fancy camera gadgets. If you find yourself in the middle of some contentious event—particularly when the police are involved—you should know your rights. And who better to tell you than the singing cartoon ghost of Benjamin Franklin?

The American Civil Liberties Union teamed up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt to bring you this animation about photographing in public. Clearly targeting those of the Occupy Wall Street ilk, the video might just be the most entertaining explanation of your camera rights out there. 

via: gizmodo.com

Good stuff.

"Why, in my day I had to draw charcoal pictures of crimes, and borrow Tom Jefferson’s polygraph to make copies!” - Ben Franklin

(via theatlantic)

There was no reason to detain Ferral, other than police didn’t know what to do with her. In this country, that’s not a good enough reason to force a citizen to lie face down and be cuffed.