DPD Chief Brown affirms public's right to photograph and record
Last week, the president of the Dallas Police Association told CBS DFW he did not think the public had a right to photograph officers working on the street.
This quote - and the story - went viral, for good reason...
Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston wants citizens to stop taping because he worries someone will get hurt. “It’s creating a major officer safety issue,” he said. “We don’t know who it is pulling behind us. We don’t know they’re there to videotape, they might be part of… if that guy has has just done a kidnapping they could be part of the kidnapping. You don’t know.”
Early Monday morning, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, sent a letter to DPD Chief David Brown, stating:
Such ill-informed statements only underscore the apparent lack of understanding or respect by those officers who still have the erroneous belief that they can order people to stop taking pictures or recording in public. Interference and in some cases arrests stemming from those actions have led to a number of court cases resulting in: six-figure settlements, new policies and procedures and sometimes serious disciplinary actions against the officers involved.