An Alaska man was cited for video recording inside a federal building despite a 2010 settlement stating that we are allowed to video record “building entrances, lobbies, foyers, corridors and auditoriums for news purposes.”
However, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alaska determined he was not a journalist because he had once obtained a business license in Alaska that listed his company, Bunny Boots Ink, under the “independent artists, writers, and performers” category, a license which expired last year.
Therefore, a federal protective service officer ordered him out of the building, telling him he was “an entertainer, not a news journalist.”
After detaining a van of Boy Scouts for taking pictures at a checkpoint, threatening to throw them in prison for ten years on a fabricated felony, a United States Border Patrol Agent whipped out his gun and aimed it at one of the boys, just to let him know he meant business.
But we all can breathe easy because a Boy Scout leader has assured us the boys have since learned their lesson.
A Texas man was handcuffed and detained for taking pictures of a police department from a public sidewalk.
The man, who goes by The Battousai on Youtube said he was doing a First Amendment test to see how the Round Rock Police Department would respond to his Constitutionally protected activity of taking pictures from a public sidewalk.
They ended up interpreting it as “suspicious activity.”
But then again, we’re living in an age where practically all Constitutionally protected activity is considered suspicious activity.
Two years ago, PINAC reported on the story of Tommy Russo, a Hawaiian newspaper publisher arrested for video recording a police traffic checkpoint in public. On July 9, the charge against Russo – obstructing a government operation - was finally dismissed.
Wailuku District Court Judge Kelsey Kawano ruled that Maui Police Officers Rusty Lawson and John Fairchild had no probable cause to arrest Russo for photographing them on Haleakala Highway during their “Operation Recon” traffic checkpoint and dismissed the case.
In the ensuing moments a gang of New York City police officers killed a man after placing him in a chokehold and pressing his face into the sidewalk while piling on top of him, ignoring his pleas that he was unable to breathe, several cops stood around the man, trying to revive him.
But Eric Garner’s body was lifeless.