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The ignorant statement came not just from the New Jersey Transit security guard, but from his supervisor. That the parking lot of the Liberty State Park Light Rail Station- which they acknowledged was owned by the state – was private property. And that is why we were not allo

NJ transit guard: "This is private property. This belongs to the state."



The ignorant statement came not just from the New Jersey Transit security guard, but from his supervisor. That the parking lot of the Liberty State Park Light Rail Station- which they acknowledged was owned by the state – was private property.

And that is why we were not allowed to take photos.

It was last Friday and I had been in town less than 24 hours.

I took the photos anyway.

All they could do was try to scare me by threatening to call Transit Police.

I was hungry, cold and wanting to get into Manhattan, so I left it at that.

But I did record an audio clip of the incident.

It all started because my friend Peter whom I was visiting and lives in the building right next to the parking lot, used my iPhone to take the following picture of me in the snow.



Being from Miami, snow is a novelty for me, so we thought it would be funny to get a picture of me standing in it. He is a writer, not a photographer, which is why his finger came out in the photo.

Once the guard started barking at us, I took the iPhone from Peter and started recording audio.

The guard told me I couldn’t take pictures, then called his supervisor, who offered to call the cops.

I told them we needed to go into town to grab a slice, so we could deal with that later. We walked off with the supervisor following behind us in his SUV. I took more photos.

Below are the photos where the supervisor pulls up, then follows us as we walked out.

Supervisor also tells me that the state-owned parking lot is "private property"

The supervisor then followed us out of the parking lot

About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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