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Ill-informed Security Guard Forbids Photography of Miami Federal Courthouse

An ill-informed security guard forbade PINAC crew member Taylor Hardy from photographing a Miami federal courthouse Monday, ordering him to delete his photos after saying, “I’m being nice.”

Hardy refused to delete the photo he had snapped with his iPad as he got into a brief conversation with the security guard, named Yoel Pardo who works for Alutiiq, an Alaskan-based company that is contracted by the Federal Protective Service to provide inadequate security for the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse.

They are essentially the federal version of 50 State, the Miami company that provides inadequate security for the Miami-Dade Metrorail, bilking the taxpayers of billions of dollars while trampling on the Constitutional rights of citizens, following the rules in some imaginary playbook drafted solely for security theater.

Pardo told Taylor he was allowed to photograph the building from the street, just not from the courthouse property – despite a 2010 settlement that determined photographing federal buildings from federal property was completely legal.

But as we’ve been learning from watching Massachusetts authorities in the two years after the so-called “landmark” Glik decision, settlements are evidently not worth the paper they are printed on.

A few of us tried to educate the guards at this particular courthouse back in 2010 just as we had tried to do with 50 State earlier that year, but we’re not talking the cream of the crop with either of these companies.

 

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.