Monthly Archives: September 2010

Man Detained by Security Guards for Videotaping Buildings

A man who was videotaping buildings from a public sidewalk in Washington D.C. ended up detained by a group of Verizon Center security guards after he refused to show them his identification.

The guards called police, who arrived on the scene and asked for the man's identification.

The cops then handed his personal information to the security guards in a highly questionable move.

The videographer posted his story on Fred Miranda under the username jramos, wondering if his rights were violated.

According to Miami attorney and nature photographer Michael A. Pancier, the fact that the guards detained him against his will possibly constitutes "false imprisonment."

And the fact that the cops handed over his personal information to private security guards constitutes a possible Fourth Amendment violation, which protects us from illegal search and seizures.

"Police did not have right to take his information and give it to the guards (unless it was a police report of the incident where witness information was included)," Pancier said in an email today.

"So if they took his license and gave it to the guards and said, 'Here, copy this information,' it may be a technical Fourth Amendment violation by the police."

It is unclear if jramos has any video footage of the exchange. My advice in these situations is to keep rolling, no matter what. And don't be afraid to videotape their faces.

It's all about keeping them honest.

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The PINAC transfer is scheduled for today

We had to finalize some details in the contract before we could transfer Photography is Not a Crime to Pixiq, but now it appears as if we’re all set.

The transfer is scheduled for today at 9 a.m. I’m not sure how long it’s going to take, but if you have problems accessing the site, that is the reason why.

Once the transfer is complete, you can continue logging on to and you will simply get redirected to my new page on Pixiq.

For those of you who use a news feed, I would imagine you would have to switch it to the new site. I’m not really sure how that works.

Anyway, this is a big step for PINAC and I’m hoping for the best. I know there are some skeptics out there (and I wouldn’t expect anything less from my readers) and in all honesty, I also have some reservations.

But you have to take chances in life.

Either way, I still own all the content on PINAC, so if worse comes to worse, I will just move my site back here.

The immediate benefit of all this is that I plan to do more blogging, now that I am generating some income.

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Man assaulted in church for videotaping politician making speech

A man who was videotaping the former governor of Oregon making a speech inside a church was assaulted after he refused to stop filming.

The man claims it was a public meeting even though it was taking place inside the Emmanuel Temple Church in Portland.

He describes it on Youtube as a “Meet and Greet” where voters would get to hear former Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber speak. Kitzhaber served from 1995 to 2003 and is running for governor again this November.

The Urban League of Portland organized the event. A local TV station, KOIN Local 6, also took part in organizing the event.

For illogical reasons that are not apparent, a moderator told members of the audience that they would not be allowed to videotape the speech.

The man continued videotaping and it wasn’t long before he was confronted by a couple of men who sat on both sides of him. One of them was wearing a name tag identifying him as being from the African American Alliance, but they came across more like the African American Mafia.

The man on his left grabbed at his camera, then the man on his right punched his camera into his face – an incident that was caught on another camera from across the room. The videographer was left with a scar on his nose.

The man videotaping is possibly named Mike, if he is the same person in the video below that was obtained from the same Youtube channel. In that video, you can see the guy clearly opposes Kitzhaber and is trying to grill him with questions, something every politician should expect when running for office.

His actions end up concerning some of Kitzhaber’s people who try their best to shield the candidate from the videographer. At this point, they don’t have an issue with him videotaping the exchange as much as they do him drilling the candidate.

You can also see several people with cameras in the crowd not being harassed.

I think it’s obvious that the only reason they suddenly announced that videography was not allowed was because they feared Mike would somehow use the video against the governor. But it was a public forum even if it was in a private church. The event was free and open to the public and the candidates had no expectation of privacy, especially of anything they are saying on stage.

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Come join us on a tour of Miami

Every once in a while, I produce a video that does not get me assaulted or threatened or thrown in jail.

That was the case earlier this year when I produced the three above videos for the Miami Tour Company, which is our bread and butter over at Miami Beach 411.

Although I did not get assaulted, I did immerse myself in the alligator-infested waters of the Everglades, if you might remember from this video I posted last year.

I’m posting the videos now because the rest of the nation will soon begin cooling down and Miami’s temperature will be getting just perfect, which is why many of you might come down here for vacation.

So if you do, come book a tour with us at the Miami Tour Company. Mention Photography is Not a Crime and you will get a discount.

And yes, photography is allowed on the tours.

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