DART bus driver purposely spooks carriage horse in Highland Park

A Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus driver decided that his lowly existence as a bus driver was not bad enough, so he thought it might be fun to see if he could spook a Highland Park carriage ride horse by tooting his horn.

He did, and it did.

A horse-drawn carriage taking visitors around the Christmas light displays in Highland Park wrecked out in the shopping center at Fitzhugh and Oak Lawn on Sunday evening after a DART bus driver honked his horn in what many witnesses described as a deliberate attempt to spook the horses.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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Dallas Deputy hates having his photo taken by Barking Dog, lets loose a big pile of crap and intimidation (w/video!)

Last October, the Dallas Sheriff's Office (DSO) and Dallas Police Department co-hosted the largest ever held The Right To Photograph and Record in Public program for law enforcement, taught by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Nearly 130 officers from North Texas, and as far away as Pasadena TX, spent four hours learning about the legal grounds and decisions in support of this simple concept, which has seen an expensive learning curve for police departments all across the country (usually costing millions of dollars in legal settlements in favor of the photographers who get pushed around.).

The event was organized by BarkingDog's real persona, Avi S. Adelman, who was a photographer before he was a dog on Lowest Greenville. Avi is a member of the NPPA, and he coordinated the event from Day One (way before the Ferguson riots and media beat-down by local police ever happened) - set up the co-hosting, the class location, local sponsors, and he even delivered the coffee and donuts.

After his confrontation with DART Police at a train/car wreck (they were not happy about his taking photographs of the wreck and refusing to stay in the media pit like all the other media) back in March, BD realized the 'right to photograph in public' issue was going to cause some major tension in Dallas, so he organized the NPPA event.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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Dallas Police are better than most in dealing with photographers and cop watchers

By Sky Chadde / Unfair Park / Dallas Observer - October 17, 2014

Max Geron, the Dallas Police Department's media relations officer, smiled and shook his head in disbelief. In the video, a veteran East Coast police officer approached a photojournalist, who was standing across the street from a traffic stop with multiple squad cars present, and told him to leave. The officer didn't seem to know that, as long as they don't insert themselves into the scene, citizens and journalists have the right to film officers in public. Also, within reason, officers have the right to keep those taking pictures a certain distance away. However, "'Go away and step off the face of the earth' is not reasonable," said the moderator of a panel on the issue Thursday night, which is essentially what the East Coast officer told the photojournalist.

The moderator, a former photographer and a current media-rights lawyer, said that police officers have a sensitivity toward one of their own being filmed, and that's when Geron, who publicly is a progressive on policing, took the mic to defend not the East Coast officer's behavior, but the mentality that may lead to it.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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DPD and DSO hosting "Right To Photograph and Record in Public" program for local law enforcement

Ever since 9/11, there has been a heightened awareness of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet where they may be viewed and shared, in many cases going “viral” with thousands of views.

Many in law enforcement have the erroneous belief they can order people to stop taking pictures or recording in public. Interference and in some cases arrests stemming from those actions have led to a number of court cases resulting in six-figure settlements, new policies and procedures and sometimes serious disciplinary actions against the officers involved.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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DPD cop investigates bike accident, says BD needs permission to take his photo

There was a bike-vs-car accident on Thrusday evening at Bennett and Ross Avenues. Since BD had to go to the bank down the street, he grabbed a camera bag and drove to the scene. Shot about 20 photos of the scene in about 10 minutes.

BD will include those photos here. But that's not what this post is about.

It's about the DPD A&I (accident investigator) who arrived on the scene about ten minutes later. Immediately upon his arrival, the attitude of the already on-scene officers changes. One officer tells BD he needs to move way back, like way up on the CVS pharmacy parking lot, 'cuz really, he already took alot of photos. BD eventually got to stand his ground on the sidewalk, but only after the intervention of another officer who did not have an attitude. That officer stated the A&I told him to make BD back up (and we have that on tape).

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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