Is this a legal/reasonable order at a fatal accident scene?
If your tally's blank and your eye is off the viewfinder---you're not rolling, right?No and I would keep rolling (your tally lights are deactivated right). At the very least as I moved back so that there was a record of what happened. This sounds like somebody needs to sit down with the local PIO and have a chat.
Thanks for posting the reciprocal link on both forums. An interesting perspective that I'd never have seen without your post.The view from the other side of the fence (so far).
I think we need more of it. Although it does worry be the posts that hint at officers thinking they have the right to take away my camera at their will.Your welcome, sir.
Always good to get as many perspectives as possibly, don't you think?
This is incorrect. They cannot take your tape without a court order (unless you were shooting on a military reservation or in a location where the Homeland Security Act prohibits it). They could, however, detain you for a specified time while the court order is being sought. But unless you have used your camera as a weapon in a crime, they can't touch it without violating your civil rights.Can they take your tape as evidence? Absolutely.
Absolutely not. The only thing that's right about your sentence is why inexperienced input from an amateur is dangerous to take into consideration.Can they take your tape as evidence? Absolutely.
As cheesy as it sounds, you get more bees with honey.That's not to say there aren't cops who think they can. ... I'm also sometimes amazed at how some "journalists" [don't treat] people the way they would want to be treated, themselves.
I told the agents that I'd be more than happy to show him the video. Apparently, they decided that it was a much easier option than kicking up dust. They followed me to my truck, I popped the tape into a deck, and showed them the event they wanted to see. I worked with them; if they wanted to see it again, I obliged. Stop the tape at a certain point? Fine.Lensmith said:but it all comes down to "is it worth it to fight for the right, at that moment, with that specific situation?"
This is good. I wish I could think on my feet as well as you do, Sir C-Dog. Hopefully I and the others who read this can file it away somewhere in the brain where it can be accessed in future similar circumstances.Absolutely not. The only thing that's right about your sentence is why inexperienced input from an amateur is dangerous to take into consideration.
As cheesy as it sounds, you get more bees with honey.
I was covering a ridiculously long standoff in which the FBI was eventually called in after the first couple days. After some developments, two FBI agents approached me and ordered me to hand over the tape I was shooting on.
I refused; I knew my rights. There was nothing wrong with telling these agents no. Rather than put up with more fuss:
I told the agents that I'd be more than happy to show him the video. Apparently, they decided that it was a much easier option than kicking up dust. They followed me to my truck, I popped the tape into a deck, and showed them the event they wanted to see. I worked with them; if they wanted to see it again, I obliged. Stop the tape at a certain point? Fine.
Eventually, they were satisfied and said goodbye.
Could I have stood my ground, acted stubborn, and picked a fight? Sure. But where would that have gotten any of us? Like it or not, we were all stuck at the same stand-off. Why make it more difficult for everyone involved?
I decided to work with them and show them what I'd recorded. If my willingness to help them out without being a dick about it helped them out, maybe I could ask them for a favor later on. Maybe one of them would drop me a tip later on in the stand-off or give me some sort of access nobody else would have. I wasn't going to hold my breath: it was the friggin' FBI.
Regardless, I like to operate under the idea that "you never know."
you can't link to your email, unless you want to give us all your username and passwordJust a little light reading for the rest of the class.