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Public safety issues in and around Lower Greenville

Texas cops and paramedics misapplying HIPAA laws, threatening photographers with arrest for photographing accident victims

In life, there are questions which – no matter how many times you ask – simply cannot be answered. Who shot JFK?? Did men really walk on the moon?? Is there a God??

But when the question involves your civil liberties and possibly being arrested for taking photographs, there should be a clear-cut answer.

Our question for today is direct: If you are taking photographs of paramedics treating an accident victim on the street in Arlington, Texas, will you be arrested for violating the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a rule which protects information about patient treatment and medical records?

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by car crossing Santa Fe Trail

Claire Z. Cardona / Dallas Morning News

Published: September 10, 2015 2:31 pm

A woman riding her bicycle on the Sante Fe Trail in Old East Dallas on Wednesday night was struck by a car that ran a red light, police say.

Photo Copyright / Avi S. Adelman,

About 7:30 p.m., police said John Cullins of Royse City ran the light at the trail crossing with South Munger Boulevard and hit 26-year-old cyclist with his 1995 Toyota Camry.

The cyclist was transported by ambulance to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas in serious but stable condition, police said.

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Photos from incident here - slightly NSFW

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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Barking Dog, a downed Dallas cop and the limits of body-camera transparency

By Eric Nicholson - Dallas Observer

A pair of Dallas cops — assisted by a passing middle-schooler — move to block East Dallas activist/photographer Avi Adelman's view of a police officer who collapsed on the Santa Fe Trail in March. (photo: Avi S. Adelman)

It's been more than five months since Barking Dog Avi Adelman, formerly of Lower Greenville, currently of what we'll refer to as Greater Junius Heights, raced to the Santa Fe Trail to take pictures of a cop who collapsed. The cop revived, spent a couple of weeks in the hospital, and was released. The earth has completed nearly half a circuit around the sun. Spring turned into summer, which is now less than two weeks from giving way — on the calendar, at least — to fall.

But while the rest of the world has moved on, Adelman has not. He is still flogging the incident as evidence that DPD officers still don't have a solid grasp of the public's right to photograph police, notwithstanding its new public-photography rules. One might be inclined to ignore Adelman's complaints and cut the cops some slack for being a bit touchy about some guy with a camera snapping pictures of their comrade, but this would be a mistake because a) the fight highlights several unresolved issues, including tension between enumerated rights, particularly vis a vis citizen photography, and how much additional transparency those new police body cameras will provide; and b) watching footage of Adelman self-righteously bickering with equally self-righteous cops is premium entertainment.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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Daily Crime Report - What happened in YOUR neighborhood?

Since 2008, Daily Crime Report has been a subscription-based service, sending emails with updates from the DPD Offenses Database every morning to nearly 4,000 subscribers.

As of June 1, it's a free site - anyone can go online, find their DPD beat and keep up with their own crime reports.

To see what active incidents DPD is working in real time, visit

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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DPD Officer caught being a big butthead on dashcam tape

When a DPD officer was being treated for a heart attack on the Santa Fe Trail last March, one officer did his darndest to make sure I did not get any photos (sorry, I did get some).

We don't know his real name (and he was not wearing the required nameplate), but we do know he plays rugby in Dallas leagues. So we named him Officer Rugby.

Officer Rugby.

We don't know his real name, but we do know he plays League Rugby in Dallas.

Notice he does not have a nameplate on his uniform.
By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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