After viewing the video of Miami-Dade Metrorail security guards attacking me for taking pictures, PINAC reader Taylor Hardy decided to see just how much of the law regarding photography at the stations have the guards since learned.
It turns out, the 50 State guards haven’t learned much.
But at least they were not nearly as aggressive with him as they were with me.
The interaction begins at 4:40 with a guard named Diaz politely asking him if he is recording for educational or personal reasons.
The law, which is stated in this piece, is actually contradictory when it comes to educational purposes, but Taylor said he was recording for personal purposes, so Diaz seemed fine with that.
But then Diaz goes and messes everything up by saying that he is fully within his rights to record “as long as you’re not filming any the safety areas or high values areas of the train.”
What exactly he meant by that is anybody’s clue but R. Perez seemed to think this meant the rails in my incident nearly two weeks ago. But Diaz allows him to carry on.
Beginning at 6:15 as Hardy is upstairs, another 50 State guard attempts to video record Hardy on his cell phone, but then gets upset when Hardy turns the camera on him.
“Make sure you don’t put me in your stuff,” the guard warns as he lifts his finger in front of Taylor’s camera.
He then gets on his walkie-talkie and says, “Station 2,” but when Hardy continues recording, he turns to him and says, “keep me off your stuff, bro.”
But now Taylor’s stuff is on PINAC.
Hardy continues recording him, asking him why is it ok for the guard to record him, but he can’t record the guard.
The guard then hides behind a pillar, refusing to answer the question.
The guard then walks away, threatening to throw Hardy out.
Hardy walks back and talks to Diaz again who tries to deescalate the situation, telling Hardy that he has the right to record, just not those “sensitive areas,” which may or may not be those rails that are plainly visible on the Metrorail’s own website.
And speaking of website’s, 50 State’s websites are filled with friendly looking security guards who don’t seem to mind their photo taken.
Finally, Hardy ends up talking to a Captain Carbone who actually knows the law, telling him he can record whatever he wants as long as it’s not for commercial purposes.
So obviously, the captains are receiving training the rest of the guards aren’t.