Remember that funny story about eagles being trained to clean the airspace of illegal drones? Well, things just got serious. The program started with one eagle, so the chances of the bird catching a drone somewhere in the duch airspace were pretty random. but the program is gaining momentum and more eagles are begin trained.
Photographer’s gear gets blown up by the bomb squad
If you ever need a good reason to not leave your baggage unattended, this is it. After a “hard black box” was found on the steps of City Hall in Kansas City, what happened next seems obvious. The suspicious package was reported to the police, who promptly came and blew it up.
KSHB reports that police were called to the scene around 4:30am on Monday after the package was discovered. Upon arrival, the street was cordoned off, and people directed to leave the area.
Here is the one thing you should say if police detains you for photographing
We’ve seen it happening again and again, police detaining
civilians photographers for recording or photographing them. The two stories mentioned here ended with police having to pay quite a bit of money for doing so. And in the end the message of photographers rights will go through (or not).
But what do you actually have to do if you are stopped by the police for taking photos?
Drone records woman trying to steal it, falsely telling police it “almost killed” her
While flying at a park in Costa Mesa, California, one pilot’s drone lost signal and when the propellers stopped spinning it fell to the ground, as it was meant to. After this, things get a little crazy
Fortunately for us, the folks at SFPV uploaded the whole video for us to check out ourselves. If there was ever a good reason for having a GoPro attached to your drone (other than the obvious), this is it.
NYPD Wants to Charge a TV News Network $36,000 for Body Camera Footage
Events such as Ferguson led to increased usage of body cameras in police departments across the U.S., but as the cameras’ popularity soars so do the questions about who owns the footage and how much of it should be made available to the public.
As Arstechnica reports, one question hasn’t been discussed as often – how much should it cost to obtain the footage from the wearable cameras under state open-access laws – and as a Time Warner Cable News operation found out, it’s currently ridiculously expensive.
As one might expected, the matter is now going to court.
Arizona Senator wants to make it illegal to record cops in public
Last week, John Kavanagh, a Republican State Senator of Arizona, introduced a new bill that would make it illegal to film police in all but extremely limited circumstances.[Read More…]
Florida Police Share Memo Stating Undercover Officers Can Arrest Photographers to Protect Their Identity
A Florida Police Department is under fire after a recent memo expressed that undercover cops are advised to arrest citizens who record them in public – a right protected by the first amendment.[Read More…]
Photographer’s Tripod Mistaken for Machine Gun Leads to Police Search
Every once in a while someone talks about the violence in the realm of photography. We talk about the images used to ‘shoot’ photos, or ‘take’ photos, and if we’re lucky our gear can ‘fire’ 14 fps.
This incident, though, takes it to a whole new level and while many photographers carry a Canon around with them, one photographer in Pennsylvania was suspected of carrying an actual machine gun.
Turns out someone noticed a person walk into an office building with what looked like a machine gun and called 911.
Police Detectives Mistake Camera-Stabilizing Rig For A Drone; Warn Crew Not To Fly It
A rather funny, and perhaps somewhat worrying, video shows an encounter between Dallas Police detectives and a camera crew that took place a couple of days ago.
As we’ve seen too often lately, police are quick on the scene once a drone is around and in this case they were making sure the team wasn’t flying the device near the airport.
That would all be perfectly fine, except the ‘drone’ in this case wasn’t flying anywhere, with our without the FAA’s approval.
Woman receives $117,500 in settlement after being arrested for recording police
An Illinois woman, who was arrested and charges were filed against her after she recorded police officers on her friend’s property without their consent, decided to fight back and stand up for her rights.
Ironically enough the officers themselves were not given permission to enter the property in the first place. Additionally, the Illinois Eavesdropping Act under which the woman was arrested had already been ruled unconstitutional.
PINAC reports that after filing a lawsuit against the city of Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, and the police officers involved, the woman accepted a $117,500 settlement.
In the settlement agreement the city insists that the agreement is not an admission that the police “acted wrongfully”, but the videos below paint a different picture.
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