04/21/11 128 W - + 2 - 1 When Police Officers Confront Public Photographers

Meanwhile, another blog that Mr. Blogger frequently reads is Statter911. The latest posting is about a confrontation caught on tape between a police officer and a news photographer. Hillsborough County, Florida, for that one. Couple issues raised in that video, from good ol' constitutional rights to exactly when should you or shouldn't obey the request of a law officer? After reading, viewing, and reacting, check out Dave's opinion piece on outrage. Graphic footage of a fatal high-rise fire in Moscow, versus a photographer trying to shoot a fatal vehicle fire in Connecticut. Only one of these prompted reader outrage, and it wasn't the one showing bodies and blood and burns in the former Soviet Union. Good reading and good food for thinking.

The way I see it…he got a recording of the victim. That camera is now evidence. The investigator/police officer should have confiscated that electronic recording device.

I fully believe the government should place a lot more restrictions on the press. They are what causing this countries main problems. Today’s “news” has a lot do with today’s economy.
Paparazzi Hater - 04/21/11 - 16:24

I fully believe the government should place a lot more restrictions on the press. – Paparazzi Hater

That is a very slippery slope my friend. What about the 2nd Amendment, or the 4th Amendment, how about Trial by Jury. Are you willing to give those up, or place more restrictions on them too. As much as I believe the majority of the press is in bed with a certain political party, and they skew the news in favor of their agenda, I would be very afraid of putting restrictions on them. So in case you need reminding here it is: The 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, just as important today as it was when it was written in 1787.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Pearce - 04/21/11 - 20:37

I completely agree with Pearce’s view of the constitution however the legislative branch of the State of Florida has some writings of their own. In particular is 843.02. This is a catch all title that the Hillsborough County Deputy was threatening to employ in the video. 843.02 is “Resisting officer without violence to his or her person.—Whoever shall resist, obstruct, or oppose any officer as defined in s. 943.10(1), (2), (3), (6), (7), (8), or (9); member of the Parole Commission or any administrative aide or supervisor employed by the commission; county probation officer; parole and probation supervisor; personnel or representative of the Department of Law Enforcement; or other person legally authorized to execute process in the execution of legal process or in the lawful execution of any legal duty, without offering or doing violence to the person of the officer, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree,”.
In an essence failure to do as instructed by a law enforcement officer, right or wrong, is obstruction of justice in the State of Florida. In the video from Hillsborough County the deputies were NOT interfering with the freedom of the press. They were more than willing to allow the report to shoot video of the scene they only wanted to control his access to their crime scene. The judges of the state will always side with law enforcement because the issue is who is in charge of the crime scene. You should always heed to orders of law enforcement…right or wrong!
stretch - 04/22/11 - 08:55

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