1st Amendment Watch: Will Police Ever Get the Message That Photography is Not a Crime?

October 8, 2015

By David Walker


A Los Angeles Police Department officer confronting photographer Shawn Nee in 2014 for photographing an arrest. Nee was briefly detained for interference before being released without charge.

Despite a series of legal victories for photographers over the right to photograph police doing their jobs, harassment and arrests have continued all over the country. Which raises the question: When will police stop viewing photographers with suspicion and hostility? “I still hear about photographers being interfered with and/or arrested on almost a daily basis,” says Mickey Osterreicher, attorney for...

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