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Photographers need to be respectful towards Police, even when recording them breaking the law

HG Wells said, “Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe.

Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow.

For the truth is the greatest weapon we have.” PINAC’s mission is noble, and necessary, given the rampant injustice and ignorance in the world.

However, too often I see photographers recording video and being completely disrespectful to police and other officials.

Despite the illegality of the actions being recorded, and the need for it, taking this approach surrenders the high ground that is critical to reform, and provides vectors to the guilty to gather sympathizers to their cause, weakening the impact of the otherwise objective truth.

When recording the police, always keep in mind the Golden Rule.

It’s not a law, but it sure is a good idea…

I understand how frustrating it can be, but remember photographers, as you make your recording and interact with the authorities that you are the teacher and recorder.  As such, you need to rise above the situation and show the objective truth so that others may also see it.

Brett Paul

Denver, Colorado

PINAC reader

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