Ryan French, the Tampa news videographer who had a run-in with Hillsborough County deputies last week, reports another incident where deputies did not respect the rights of journalists.

Essentially, police shot a bank robbery suspect at his home, so when reporters arrived to the scene, they were ordered to stand a block away from where the crime tape had been set up.

They eventually got smart and moved in towards the crime tape, sparking a discussion with one of the deputies.

A public information officer was called and everything was sorted out.

But it’s pretty absurd that deputies believe they can keep reporters away from the crime tape. The whole purpose of the tape is to let citizens, including journalists, know where they are not allowed to enter.

There is no reason why they need to be kept further away from the tape.