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piedmont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-23-07 05:02 PM
Response to Reply #182
197. Stick to what the OP said instead of making up straw-men
But I will ask you... can you walk right up to where the police are dealing with a situation and begin to eavesdrop or even ask questions?

You're making up stuff that the OP NEVER SAID. He did not walk right up to them-- he was 60 feet away. He did not ask them anything, and what he heard was when one officer was shouting at the top of his lungs.

There's also a big difference between (perhaps) your job where you might be known to the local cops versus some guy out of the blue walking up on a situation with a camera and refusing to do what the officers instruct him to do. Did the OP in this case even have credentials? Were they displayed? Did he tell them he was freelancing for a "dot com" (which could be construed as something like YouTube)?

This is a pile of baloney. Every American has the right to stand on public property and photograph or observe events happening in the public eye, as long as they are not interfering with police or EMTs or jeopordizing anyone's safety. RaginginMiami wasn't doing any of those.

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