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Public safety issues in and around Lower Greenville

Dallas PD's New Right-to-Photograph Rules Are Seriously Watered Down

By Eric Nicholson / Dallas Observer

When Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, last visited Dallas in October, local law enforcement seemed damn near progressive in its approach to dealing with citizen photographers. Dallas police and the Dallas County Sheriff's Office didn't just encourage officers to attend the seminar he'd helped organize, The Right to Photograph and Record in Public, they hosted the event.

When a DPD officer suffered a heart attack while on bicycle patrol on the Santa Fe Trail, these officers and others did everything they could to stop the photographer from taking pictures. Too bad, they failed. Their actions are the subject of a DPD Internal Affairs review. (Photo by Avi S. Adelman)

Everyone, from high-ranking DPD officials to frequently standoffish police union officials like Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston, appeared to accept the notion that citizens are — and should be — legally allowed to shoot videos and photographs of cops performing their public duties. Matter of fact, Osterreicher was told, DPD was preparing to enshrine citizens' right to photograph in its policy manual.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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BD photo exclusive: DPD officer suffers heart attack on Santa Fe Trail

A Dallas Police bicycle patrol officer was in critical condition after collapsing on the Santa Fe Trail @ Henderson Avenue, possibly caused by a heart attack.

On Sunday, the Dallas Police Association tweeted the officer was responding to medical staff commands and squeezing hands.

BD lives close to where the incident took place; on his way over, he heard a DPD officer say (on a scanner channel) - We need an ambulance RIGHT NOW!

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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Motorcyclist serious injured in collision @ Matilda/Goliad Sunday evening

An motorcycle / vehicle accident on Lowest Greenville is reported to have claimed one life on Sunday evening.

Dallas/Fire Rescue responded to an accident at the intersection at 540pm Sunday evening. The officers on the scene reported it as a Signal 27 (Death) and asked for DPD officers to respond.

The as-yet-unidentified motorcyclist was taken to Baylor Hospital, but we have no additional information.

DPD Accident Investigators were still on the scene at 7pm.

More photos after the jump...

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , 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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