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AbbyR Donating Member (734 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-23-07 06:06 PM
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215. I'm really not trying to argue with you
"You said it yourself... "as long as I don't get in their way". And being a reporter, you surely recognize that "in the way" has no specific distance that may be kept, every situation differs."

If the original poster was as far away as he says he was, and I have no reason to doubt him, he was within his rights to be there, I would think. From 20 yards away, he probably would have needed a short telephoto lens to get any kind of decent picture, and to me, that's not in anyone's way. If I was that far away and the police asked me to leave, we would have had a discussion about it. I don't, by nature, argue with law enforcement officials or ever want to interfere with them doing their job, but 20 yards? Yeah, I'd want to talk about it. I'd be polite, but chat we would, and if they were aggressive to me, I'd go to the chief...but I would try to avoid getting my head bashed in - it's almost never worth that to me.

You are right about local cops - mine do know and trust me, but I don't see them having a fit about some anonymous bystander if he was really across the street 20 yards away...but then, I wasn't there.
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