Despite our high-profiled run-ins with 50 State security guards at Miami-Dade Metrorail stations over our cameras, including a time we were “permanently banned” and another incident in which I was assaulted in front of an international news crew with cameras rolling – not to mention I now have a pending lawsuit against the security company – these guards continue to ban the use of cameras.
And that’s despite the fact that each guard was supposedly informed of the county law that permits cameras as long as they are not used in a commercial sense. They were even made to sign some type of form acknowledging that they understood the law when it came to take pictures or shooting video on the Metrorail.
This, of course, took place after our photo protest in 2010, the first of three annual photo protests so far.
But on Sunday, PINAC reader Joel Franco was on his way to a music festival when he spotted a couple of security guards apprehending a man at Government Center in downtown Miami.
Franco pulled out his camera and began recording as the guards lifted the man up and walked him out of the station with Franco following.
One of the guards tells him to stop recording. Franco questioned him a little, but then just dropped the issue because he had a train to catch and the guy they were harassing had already been kicked out.
But the guards should not have told him to stop recording. From what I’ve seen, they handled the other guy were professionally, so it wasn’t as if they had anything to hide.
They were just expanding their powers by creating laws.
But now they risk expanding the pending lawsuit against them.
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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 I’ve created an Indiegogo fundraiser in an attempt to raise $3,500 by July 2 in order to prepare for my July 25 trial.
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. I did not pay for this transplant, which is why I’m promoting the doctor through the hair transplant blog.