A New York City police officer grabbed a man off a public sidewalk for photographing a police department after the man refused to disclose why he was taking photos.
Randall Thomas told Photography is Not a Crime he was taking photos to prepare for an upcoming trial stemming from a January arrest in which police deleted his footage after he had recorded them making an abusive arrest.
The National Security Agency, the government agency in charge of invading your privacy, acted as if its privacy was invaded when news reporters attempted to video record one of its buildings from a public road on the University of Maryland campus this week.
The building is officially known as the Center for the Advanced Study of Language (CASL), which on the surface, would make it a very uninteresting building to video record – except it is where NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is believed to have worked in 2005, eight years before he fled the country to Hong Kong where he gave an explosive interview to the Guardian about how the government is collecting our personal information.
North Carolina police assaulted a man for video recording them from a public sidewalk after he refused to turn the camera off, which is obviously something they believe they can get away with considering a local judge has given them a green light to do just that, if not worse.
The incident took place in Salisbury on March 21, 2013 and was uploaded a day later, but has remained under the radar on Youtube where it has only received 265 views as of this writing.