You're my new favorite, Ringo! -crystal
fucks the police. its public property. its his camera. its a free nation. now will someone tell me why shouldnt he be allowed to take pictures please? because he has every right to. thank you.
What part of town do the rolling 30 crips reside in?
Too bad the Denver Police don't put the same effort into enforcing the traffic laws in that vicinity that they put into safeguarding the "right" of a private company to photograph a fancy car on Broadway. I've witnessed a pedestrian fatally run over at 19th and Lincoln. Some crazy guy in a red porsche making a left turn from Lincoln at high speed came within a couple of inches of running over my toes while I was attempting to cross at 18th (with the ped signal in my favor). The cars in that area are completely out of control but the DPD apparently has more important things to do.
How did he "interfere with the professional photo shoot?" If he was using a flash, or getting in the pictures, sure. How is taking a picture from a public place interfering?
While you may be a professional photographer, you're not a lawyer, so your comments on suing are forgivably incorrect. Try getting a lawyer to take that case (other than on retainer, we'll take money for anything you know), and you'll be laughed out of the office.
"Being the next guy to wander by and snap a couple of pictures is never fun after these confrontations."
Is an argument the government would use to quelch dissent.
As for disclosing, I thought the legal boundary was that you can copy to others what you can legally hear, except where doing so would be infringing on copyright (ie copying VHF tv stations) or abetting a crime (ie telling your neighbor, who is cutting 500 kilos of coke in his basement that the cops are coming).
Being the next guy to wander by and snap a couple of pictures is never fun after these confrontations. Even if it's worth it for you to "make an issue," remember somebody else might walk by after you tease the dog.
Here's a couple of additional tips. Local laws may limit your use of a scanner, especially while mobile. There are somewhat unrelated reasons for this. I haven't heard of it in Colorado.
While listening may not be illegal, disclosing to others and/or acting on the information you hear is often a violation of various privacy acts, etc.
Also, Denver Police and many other agencies use "trunked" systems which hop frequencies frequently based on a control channel, much like cell phones do. You can easily get scanners which handle this, but you need at least some of the frequencies and the control channel to follow what's going on.
Until the "paid for" line I didn't know who PSL was!
David I too am a professioal photograper as well as having police experance. It would be very good for the profession if you would file a complaint to the Police Department and the Civilian Review Board. This bully cop thing gets out of hand and if we the people control or at least assert the right of control over our civil servants there will be much less chance of violance from the cop next time. If she is left unchallanged she will get more badge heavy to the next photographer. Some bullys must be faced down for public safety.
Cordley Coit, Rocky Mountain Media Collective
In Response To Anonymous:
Funny that you criticize me for trying to remain anonymous when you do the same. I keep my name out of the article because it's not needed and activists tend to get harassed, brutalized, etc. by cops -- especially those who criticize cops. I use Ringo Kamens as a peusdonym as one level of protection against this kind of activity. If there's any real reason I need to provide my full legal name, I will but you haven't provided one. Furthermore, Police are public officers and as such they are required by law to give me their information. As you'll recall from the report, the officers violated the law by refusing me that information. There are grounds for a suit against the DPD here, but I'm not going to do it simply because I have bigger fish to fry. And there's no ground to sue: "interference" is a risk you take when doing photography in public places. I was well within the law and my rights to take pictures from public property. What seems absurd to me is that they could cut off a street for a corporate shoot! I paid for that street with my taxes, the least I should be able to do is use it. And I was not interfering with the shoot or trying to get in the pictures, I was simply trying to take pictures of what was going on. Let me know where you're doing a photo shoot so I can come take pictures of it and then we can try out your legal strategy. I'll even make it easy for you and represent myself!
In Response to my new friend Brenden:
I appreciate you backing me up, nice to hear some encouraging words from another photographer who cares about our rights.
Comrade Ringo Kamens
You don't have the balls to sign your name after your comment, after you try to tell him the same. And me, as a professional photographer, who charges $1,000 an hour and probably does a much better job than you, would at least be kind enough to nicely ask for the person to leave. This photographer is standing up for his rights. He, in fact, did not interfere with their shoot. If they had just let him take the pictures, then he would have continued on his jolly way and no interference would have been involved. They obviously made it much harder than it had to be, and due to the fact that they harassed him, he could have sued them as well. Sorry "Anonymous", but your points have no relevance.
You don't have the balls to sign your name under your story, after you name the officers involved, and you were there to interfere with the professional photo shoot. As a professional photographer, who does street photography, who has to put up with people like yourself who delibertly try to get in my shots, I would have requested your name and contact information so I could sue you for interfering with my photo shoot. I charge $1,500.00/ hour, plus expences which could have come up to 20K for them, easily!
I really agree with this critique that we should be focusing on more "positive" things, especially in our propaganda. Most people don't seem to understand that in order for a new society to be build, we must liberate ourselves from the old and since the powerstructure won't let us go without force, we must destroy. So let's appeal to the parts they do understand: "hope" and "change". Really though, I agree even though that sounded a little satirical.
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Now maybe I'm missing something but it sounds like those deputies have committed manslaughter at the very least, and if they did use any force that should be considered murder. Forget asking for their termination we should be calling for their arrest? Where are the criminal charges? I mean I realize an officer's job is tough, but there is absolutely no excuse for this! Police and other "authorities should be punished FAR more severely than the average Joe. When they are granted all that power they need to be held accountable not only as a normal citizen, but they need to be held responsible for their use/misuse of the powers we grant them. When you join the force and they give you Kevlar, a truncheon, a badge (authority), cuffs, zip-ties for when you run out of cuffs, a taser, mace/pepper spray, a handgun, a shotgun, sometimes even an assault rifle, extra ammunition, sometimes tear gas, a suped-up car, hand-to-hand combat training, and a radio to call for back-up, you can't act surprised when bad things go down and you can't complain about how rough it is either. Oh, and I forgot, some cops get dogs capable of tearing you to shreds in mere seconds too.
Stop that bullshit protesting and actually do something. Go inside that capitol and tear shit up!!!
These port workers should connect with Port Militarization Resistance and the (non-existent) Port Liberation Front...
Im disappointed that this story was left in the wire rather than being mainpaged, its certainly more news worthy then a movie announcement. Not that the Immokalee struggle is unimportant, its just a strange editorial decision.
The strange thought is that they think that they can keep Canadians from hearing what these people have to say by stopping them at the border. In the age of telecommunications and the internet, that's a very strange thought indeed. Spread the word!