NPR: “This Is The Police: Put Down Your Camera”

NPR’s “Morning Edition” did a report on photographers’ rights this morning, featuring specifically the cases of teenager Khaliah Fitchette in Newark, NJ, and motorcycling wiretapper Anthony Gruber in Maryland. You can listen to it here.

As former police officer and current Boston University Professor Tom Nolan says:

“The police will get the message when municipal governments and police departments have got to write out substantial settlement checks,” he says. “Standing by itself, that video camera in the hands of some teenager is not going to constitute sufficient grounds for a lawful arrest.”

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1 Response to “NPR: “This Is The Police: Put Down Your Camera””


  1. 1 jeff May 13, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Interesting quote from the story where the “expert” from Boston University. He says, “police in Massachusetts train their officers to tolerate video recording, as long as no other crime is taking place.”

    “As long as no OTHER crime is taking place,” implying that recording IS a crime but it should be tolerated unless there is another crime being committed. The author got it right though when he says the only way this situation will change is when hefty settlements start being handed down.


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