Last October, the Dallas Sheriff's Office (DSO) and Dallas Police Department co-hosted the largest ever held The Right To Photograph and Record in Public program for law enforcement, taught by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Nearly 130 officers from North Texas, and as far away as Pasadena TX, spent four hours learning about the legal grounds and decisions in support of this simple concept, which has seen an expensive learning curve for police departments all across the country (usually costing millions of dollars in legal settlements in favor of the photographers who get pushed around.).
The event was organized by BarkingDog's real persona, Avi S. Adelman, who was a photographer before he was a dog on Lowest Greenville. Avi is a member of the NPPA, and he coordinated the event from Day One (way before the Ferguson riots and media beat-down by local police ever happened) - set up the co-hosting, the class location, local sponsors, and he even delivered the coffee and donuts.
After his confrontation with DART Police at a train/car wreck (they were not happy about his taking photographs of the wreck and refusing to stay in the media pit like all the other media) back in March, BD realized the 'right to photograph in public' issue was going to cause some major tension in Dallas, so he organized the NPPA event.