When Cops & Cameras Clash: 1st amendment issue
“The sign on my desk that reads, ‘Bang head here,’ is getting worn out,” said Mickey Osterreicher, a lawyer for the press photographers association, who has been dealing with more and more photographers wrongly arrested for photographing in public spaces during tense police scenes.
As mentioned in MSNBC’s article on “‘First Amendment rights can be terminated’: When cops, cameras don’t mix” by Bob Sullivan, the National Press Photographers Association claims it there has been 70 photographer arrests since September 2011.
In this video, Red Tape MSNBC video, an NBC news photographer was arrested outside a Chicago hospital. What was alarming, as you can see in the video, is the police officer yelling to the photographer that his “First Amendment rights can be terminated.”
It seems like the amount of cameras and videos available to the general public from cameras to smartphones, plus the popularity of social media and Youtube, it’s easy to see why Police have been more tense and watchful of what goes on. And yet, the First Amendment is still the First Amendment, right? Have you seen or experience this problem? What are your opinions of this?