Posts Tagged 'ACLU'

ACLU to DOT: Why Harass Photographers?

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In April we posted on the consistent and regular harassment photographers, including families and tourists, have experienced outside the Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, DC, and now the ACLU is getting involved. Arthur Spitzer, legal director of the National Capital Area chapter of the ACLU, wrote a letter to the DOT’s acting general counsel requesting explanation of what seems to be their no photography policy on the public streets surrounding the building. As Spitzer writes: “We are not aware of any law that imposes such a rule, and we do not believe DOT has the authority to impose such a rule.” See the whole letter here.

Flickr via Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection

Discarted on Digital Village Saturday – KPFK

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Our own discarted will be on Digital Village, the KPFK (90.7FM) show about new technolgy, this Saturday morning at 10 am. He and Peter Bibring of the ACLU will be talking about harassment of photographers and photographers’ rights.

If you’re not in Southern California, you can stream it live on or find the archives here.

The ACLU Needs Your Help

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We were contacted by a staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California, and apparently they are looking into the harassment of photographers by law enforcement, specifically “incidents involving LAPD or other local agencies detaining or arresting people solely for photographing, seizing cameras, or ordering people to delete pictures.” If you’ve had an unpleasant experience with law enforcement in the LA area, please email us and we will give you his contact information.

The ACLU is a staunch defender of individuals’ rights and the First Amendment, and it could mean good things for photographers if they took this on.

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