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DART cop arrests BarkingDog for taking photos at Rosa Parks Plaza

Eric Nicholson / Dallas Observer / Friday, February 12, 2016

Photographer and First Amendment activist Avi Adelman was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing shortly after taking this picture.EXPAND

Four decades ago, when he was 16, Philadelphia police wrote Avi Adelman a ticket for violating curfew. In all the time he's spent chasing cop cars and ambulances with his camera, in his quarter century as the Barking Dog of Lower Greenville, in the 59.85 years he's spent being Avi Adelman, that was the closest he'd ever been to the inside of a jail cell — until Tuesday night.

The evening started out innocently enough. Adelman's wife was at a meeting at their daughter's school, which left Adelman to take care of dinner. The plan was that she'd text him when she was preparing to leave, at which point he'd buy tacos from Fuel City on Riverfront Boulevard. That way, the food would still be hot when they rendezvoused back at their home in East Dallas.

Adelman arrived downtown with about an hour to kill, so he put in his earpiece and turned on a police scanner. Adelman is a semi-professional crime buff. Since 2008 he's run Daily Crime Report, which sorts Dallas police crime reports by neighborhood. He's been an enthusiastic photographer of crime scenes for even longer, snapping pictures of problem drunks and public urinators on Lower Greenville Avenue for He has since intensified his efforts, routinely listening in on the police scanner and chasing down train wrecks, K2 overdoses and weed busts. Adelman's repeated encounters with camera-shy first responders have led to his unlikely emergence as a quasi-respectable First Amendment activist.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Crimewatch , Legal issues
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By Avi S. Adelman under Crimewatch , Lower Greenville
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Austin Police to start enforcing 50-foot rule to record them in public

By Carlos Miller - Photography Is Not A Crime

Austin police are trying their best to deter Antonio Buehler from recording them in public, doing everything from arresting him, accusing him of "inciting violence" against them and attempting to create a rule in his honor that would require citizens with cameras to stand at least 50 feet away from police officers

But Buehler is hardly deterred, vowing to keep cops within the scopes of his video camera.

And the West Point grad is not alone, having created a growing movement called Peaceful Streets where fellow activists join him in recording cops interacting with the public.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Crimewatch , Safe streets
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Burglars blowtorch a business

The Dallas Police Department is reporting two business burglaries in the area over the weekend, including one where a blowtorch was used to gain access.

Over the weekend, burglars used a blowtorch to enter the VIP Cleaners in the strip center near Ross Avenue (DPD #123960Z).

An unknown suspect used a blow torch to gain access through the rear metal door. Once inside of the business the suspect stole the listed property - $850 in cash, $800 for a damaged door.

The case has been suspended due to lack of any information about the burglars.

And late Monday evening, Dodie's (Greenville/Richmond) reported an attempted burglary (DPD #124844Z), and a failed attempt to take a wall-mounted television. Total damages were $500 for the door.

Last Wednesday, burglars entered the Save-Way on Henderson @ McMillan by breaking through the back wall (DPD #120234Z) and took $200 worth of cigarettes.

Since January 1, 2012, the Dallas Police Department has investigated 135 business and residential burglaries within Sector 140, which includes Lower Greenville, Lowest Greenville, Vickery Place, Lakewood Heights, Henderson Avenue, and neighborhoods along Central Expressway up to Mockingbird Lane (see map).

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By Avi S. Adelman under Crimewatch , Safe streets
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Dallas crime watches are wary of gung-ho citizens who might go too far

By SELWYN CRAWFORD / Staff Writer / Dallas Morning News

Published: 01 April 2012 10:32 PM

The Florida crime watch captain who fatally shot an unarmed teenager had been taking college courses with an eye toward getting a job in law enforcement, had made repeated calls to 911 in the past few years and carried a weapon while patrolling his Sanford, Fla., neighborhood.

Dallas neighborhood watch leaders say people as gung-ho as George Zimmerman rarely publicly display that level of "wannabe cop" intensity, but they say they know folks like that are out there. And it makes them nervous.

By Avi S. Adelman under Crimewatch , Safe streets
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