D.C. Police: Photography Is Not a Crime

This is from an article in Reason

Last week, two years after Washington, D.C., cops told Jerome Vorus to stop taking pictures of a traffic stop in Georgetown and to stop recording his encounter with them, the Metropolitan Police Department issued a general order against such illegal interference with citizens’ exercise of their First Amendment rights.

The order (PDF), part of an agreement settling a federal lawsuit Vorus filed last year with help from the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital, “recognizes that members of the general public have a First Amendment right to video record, photograph, and/or audio record MPD members while MPD members are conducting official business or while acting in an official capacity in any public space, unless such recordings interfere with police activity.”

Contrast the situation with that in the UK, where there is specific legislation limiting the rights of individuals to photograph policemen, members, of the armed forces, and others:

Photographing In Public Places And The Preservation Of Democracy

Photography And The Preservation Of Democracy

1 Comment

  1. reb says:

    Very interesting. There have been quite a few discussions about that in the US … also what you can and cannot photograph.


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