We’ve definitely heard of more than one case when police officers confused cameras and tripods for guns. A San Diego photographer almost got shot by a Community College District police officer because of his GoPro. The officer held the photographer at a gunpoint when he refused to put the camera down, claiming that he didn’t know what a GoPro was.
Have you ever wondered what it looks like to be a police photographer? If you have, then this video by Auckland Police will answer some of the questions you might have about this type of job. It follows a police photographer named Rhonda as she takes you through a typical day of the Police Photography Section in Auckland, New Zealand.
A woman from Montgomery County recently reported that a stranger was taking photos of her child at Starbucks in East Norriton Township. She spoke to a Starbucks employee who didn’t ask the man to leave, so she reported the man to the police and sparked an investigation.
Police in Wales recently arrested a drug dealer thanks to fingerprints taken from a WhatsApp photo. The snapshot shows only a part of the man’s palm, but it was apparently enough to lead to the suspect and secure 11 convictions. According to the reports, this is the first time that Welsh police made convictions based on the fingerprints taken from a photo.
As we’ve seen before, someone’s tripod and the camera can get confused for a rifle. This is what recently happened in south Kerry, Ireland. As a Cork-based photographer started setting up a tripod in Derrynane at Caherdaniel, a passer-by noticed him. The man thought he was a sniper and notified the police, which led to a dramatic and almost comical response from a large number of armed policemen.
On Wednesday night, two men from Garland, Texas were shot to death after an attempt to recover a stolen camera. 26-year-old Michael Ryan Love scheduled a meeting after seeing a camera on OfferUp. He believed it was the camera that had been stolen from him, and he wanted to recover it from the seller, which ended in a tragedy.
Earlier this year, New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm was shot because of his camera. Clark County deputy Jake Shaw confused Grimm’s camera and tripod for a gun and reportedly shot him without warning. The photographer has now decided to file a lawsuit against Shaw, seeking over $75,000 in damages.
Artificial intelligence is developing fast and has many possible applications. However, it makes mistakes, and this has proven to be a problem for London’s Metropolitan Police. They use AI to detect incriminating images on seized electronic devices. But, it’s unreliable when it comes to nudity, as it still can’t tell the difference between a nude photo and a photo of a desert.
You might remember that police in the Netherlands were training eagles to take drones out of the sky. After almost two years they have decided to shut down the program.
This controversial program had caused significant concern among animal activists who questioned how harmful it would be to the birds. After nearly two years the birds are being retired and reportedly sent to new homes.