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Old 08-16-2017, 08:52 PM
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Talking Police countermeasures for getting shots of people in custody in the field

I'm aware of how in the field the law will sometimes use their flashlight, aimable spot, takedown or alley lights to temporarily blind a suspect while a witness anonymously IDs them a short distance away in a shadow, like in a brightly lit line-up room with mirror glass at the station. I also know that this tactic is used by celebrities and bodyguards to blind paps' cameras at night.

I was at the scene of a shooting & saw a similar tactic used but this time it was on me. They were doing a witness ID and didn't like it because I was shooting the suspect so all the sudden the blue lights came on to disrupt my shot. Well, the strobing does create a annoying image for video but for stills it actually provides a perfect close proximity flash that illuminates everything just great! And if needed, you can just adjust the CT for a more natural light, just like a normal flash.

This top lights police tactic was new to me but can any of you fulltime news vets confirm if it's been in use in your area? It makes perfect sense and is effective but I had never seen it intentionally used before in my hometown. Other than strobes, spots and moving the line further out, what other obscuring tactics have you experienced? Thanks.
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