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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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Avi Adelman is on a crusade to squash DART's No-Pictures policy, and it's (sort of) working

By Eric Nicholson / Dallas Observer / Unfair Park

Moving away from Lower Greenville last summer, longtime neighborhood activist Avi Adelman could have turned over a new leaf. The camera he used to shove in the faces of drunk teenagers and public urinators could have been stowed in his closet. He could have quietly pulled the plug on Barkingdogs.org and traded the life of a semi-professional activist/troll for one of monk-like solitude on the leafy streets of Junius Heights.

He didn't. Adelman isn't really cut out for serene contemplation. And though his new digs are far from the strip of bars and restaurants dedicated himself to patrolling, the move has given him the freedom to lock on to other targets. Like Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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Nat'l Press Photographers Assn. replies to Dallas Police Assn's 'no right to photograph cops' demand

DPD Chief Brown affirms public's right to photograph and record



Last week, the president of the Dallas Police Association told CBS DFW he did not think the public had a right to photograph officers working on the street.

This quote - and the story - went viral, for good reason...

Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston wants citizens to stop taping because he worries someone will get hurt. “It’s creating a major officer safety issue,” he said. “We don’t know who it is pulling behind us. We don’t know they’re there to videotape, they might be part of… if that guy has has just done a kidnapping they could be part of the kidnapping. You don’t know.”

Early Monday morning, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, sent a letter to DPD Chief David Brown, stating:

Such ill-informed statements only underscore the apparent lack of understanding or respect by those officers who still have the erroneous belief that 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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Dallas police officers warned about civilian camera encounters

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas police are putting out a warning to some of their own people. Members of the DPD staff are being told about an officer’s encounter with a woman who was following him with a video camera. The woman, like so many others, is part of a movement to keep an eye the police.

Now some officers say the tactics of those shooting video could put lives in jeopardy.

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The bars on Henderson Avenue, and Skillman/Live Oak, are making lots of money too

Last evening, BD posted sales reports for bars/restaurants along Lower Greenville Avenue. And, can you believe it, people got mad.

They were not mad because he posted the reports (like BD gives a flying f-ck that some bar owner thinks it's not of our business). They were mad because he did not include the bars/restaurants on Henderson Avenue, or at the Skillman/Live Oak corner (aka, Lowest Greenville Redux).

Not a problem. Here are those reports. And since many of these folks have never been subject to BD's intense review, let's repeat the mantra: Too bad.

Reports are based on sales reports submitted by the licensee to the State Comptroller and compiled by an independent service. Reports submitted by TABC-licensed businesses with an MB classification are not confidential and are considered public records. These reports are through November 2013, or the latest month for that business to submit a sales tax report in 2013, plus the previous year.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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