This may be my most ambitious project yet, but we need to get 25,000 signatures within 30 days in order to get the Obama Administration to review a petition asking the president to protect the rights of citizens to record police officers in public without fear of getting arrested.
It’s not asking much from the president considering it is already legal to record police in public, but we know many officers have a different view.
Photography is Not a Crime reader Doug Peterson sent me the link to petition the Obama Administration after reading today’s article on the various organizations urging the U.S. Department of Justice to take action in the War on Photography.
I had no idea this platform even existed and by the looks of the existing petitions, not many citizens do.
I tried to keep the petition in line with the organizations’ letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today, so it is not an accident that I borrowed the phrase “the First Amendment has come under assault.”
There is just no better way to phrase it.
Here is a screenshot of the petition in its current state. I’ll be sure to post another screenshot in 30 days whether we reach 25,000 signatures or not. If we fail, we can only try again, just to see where it goes.
I was limited to 120 characters in the headline and 800 characters in the body. That’s all I really needed.
Free Press, one of the organizations who signed the letter to Holder, is also circulating a petition, which seems to be getting some traction on Twitter although the number of signatures is not available at this moment.
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CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.
My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.
So if you would like to contribute, please click on the “donate” button below and contribute whatever you can afford.
You can also contribute to my Legal Defense Fund by purchasing a photographer rights lens cloth and/or laminated card to wear around your neck like a press badge through Zap Rag.Please write “carlos3” in the comments section of the Paypal transaction to ensure I receive a portion of the sale.
Also, in an unrelated PINAC matter, I recently went through a hair transplant operation and I’m documenting my recovery on this blog if you are interested.