Miami Man Arrested for Photographing Filming of Commercial from Public Street

Taylor Hardy
Taylor Hardy from a photo I pulled off his Facebook page.


Five months after his viral confrontation with a Miami-Dade paramedic who went berserk on him for attempting to video record the landing of a helicopter, Taylor Hardy had another confrontation over his right to record in public.

This time, a Miami-Dade Miami cop went berserk on him for photographing a commercial shoot on a public street where Miami Heat star Lebron James was supposed to appear.

And this time, it landed him in jail.

Hardy called me less than an hour ago from the Turner Guilford Knight Correction Center in Miami, which made international news last week when all the cell doors suddenly opened up in the maximum security wing, allowing a few inmates to step out and try to kill another inmate, who was forced to jump down from a second level in order not to be killed in an incident caught on surveillance video.

That incident has sparked an investigation into jail guards, who are suspected of purposely opening the doors to facilitate the hit job on the Liberty City gang leader who probably had it coming to him, judging by his background.

Fortunately, Hardy was only charged with two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest aka contempt of cop, so he will be placed in another section of the jail. I’ve called my bails bondsman who is already working on getting him out (I also called Hardy’s brother to give him a heads up).

My bondsman, Harold Valdez, handles cases all over the United States and is a good guy, so I recommend everybody taking his information down just in case.

It was a quick call with lots of yelling in the background as is typical in Miami jails, so this is what I was able to gather.

Hardy was in the Allapattah neighborhood trying to photograph the filming of the commercial when a member of the production crew ordered him to stop taking photos.

Hardy said there were about 25 other people standing there watching the filming of the commercial who were not taking pictures, so he asserted his rights to stand there with the others who were not being harassed.

The production crew member then called over a nearby Miami-Dade Miami police sergeant, who at first appeared to shrug his shoulders, but then ordered Hardy to walk down the street, so we can assume he was working off-duty for the production company as a hired goon.

Hardy told the cop he had as much right to be there as the other people, which prompted the cop to grab his camera by the flash in an attempt to take it from him.

Hardy told the cop to let go of his camera. The cop told him that if he didn’t let go of his camera, he would go to jail.

“‘If you say one more fucking word, I’m going to throw your head on the ground and beat the fuck out of you,'” Taylor quoted the cop as saying.

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.

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  • rick

    A man holding a camera, asserting his rights, and is black. What could go wrong?

    • Rob

      Asserting his rights to an employee of a notoriously violent, corrupt, very large and powerful gang*. Fixed

    • Guest

      absolutely nothing to with race

      • Paul Hope

        How can you possibly know that for sure?

        • $910553

          Because these are equal-opportunity pigs. Andrew Lee Scott, Kelly Thomas, and Eric Scott were NOT Black. In general, the Media look the OTHER way except when a victim of the pigs has standing on the Preferred Species ladder.

  • TheFlashingScotsman

    Gee, a commercial production company shooting out in public, expecting the same privacy as in a studio? No, that never happens.

  • Patrick Gocek

    I had this same sort of trouble once in chicago, unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a good shot of the police officer. But everybody was walking along the streets of downtown chicago where they had closed off like 6 blocks from road traffic, taking pictures the film crew told me I wasn’t allowed to and then the police officer stepped in to tell me I should stop and “it’s not worth it” but wouldn’t explain what he meant by that statement. Seeing as I was with a friend at the time I decided to take a few more shots and leave, but then again I have this man just inches from my face saying I should leave and telling me to jaywalk and not wait for the cross signal as I was doing. Who do these guys work for again??

    • Difdi

      Going by their actions, I’d say organized crime.

  • catherine todd

    Charged with “resisting arrest aka contempt of cop”

    LOL – sort of. But I did laugh out loud. These scense are just surreal, except they are real! When will it end?

    • Difdi

      I’ve never understood how resisting arrest could ever be a standalone charge — since an arrest is a response to a crime and if no crime is committed an arrest is not lawful.

      • MrDamage

        Typically they initiate the arrest on some bullshit charge that they know isn’t going to stick hoping subject will resist, intending to lie about the subject resisting or intending to arrest the subject so brutally that they have no option but to resist (putting the cuffs on with excessive force can prompt the subject to pull away, which is interpreted as “resisting”. Once the bullshit charge goes away, the resisting charge is still prosecutable

        • steveo

          That is really the best way to handle this charge. Never charge 843.02 on stand alone. The Leo needs another charge to sustain the 843.02 prior to charging the 843.02, but we’re giving the Leo’s too much credit. They aren’t that bright.

      • steveo

        In FL this is Statute 843.02, which is obstruction and or resisting a police officer in the lawful execution of a legal duty. To cops this is a wide open charge, but to the higher courts in FL, they have narrowed hugely the definition of this statute because of the abuse of this charge by Leos. Prosecutors and Judges know that a stand alone charge on this Statute has to be looked at with a microscope.

        The Leos haven’t read the memos, obviously, but an arrested person can usually sustain a false arrest charge in FL courts, if the arrest is egregious.

    • peck2

      It will end only after many, many of these so-called LEO’s are shot to death by citizens acting in self-defense.

      • crazyassmofo

        “‘If you say one more fucking word, I’m going to throw your head on the ground and beat the fuck out of you,’”

        Sounds like pumping a few rounds into a person’s chest making this kind of threat would be justifiable as far as what I understand about self-defense in light of such a verbal threat.

        • jimmarch


          The most common legal standard for the use of deadly force is “am I reasonably in fear of losing my life or suffering great bodily injury via a criminal attack?”

          Here the answer was “yes”.

          The same type of felony terrorist threat has been made before by various cops and prosecutions are completely unheard of. THAT is the core problem.

          The only solution left is to shoot the terrorists (and yes, in most states “terroristic threats” is the actual name of the felony charge involved.

          • Difdi

            If you said exactly those words the cop used TO a cop, what would happen? Exactly. And the cop would reasonably feel justified because of the threat.

            The problem is that a lot of judges and prosecutors apply a double standard that isn’t found in actual law.

  • Proud GrandPa

    Just have his backup produce the video of the incident when his attorney sues. What? He didn’t have backup photogs covering him? Why not? Surely he could get two or three friends to go accompany him to the commercial shoot. That would have prevented his arrest as the cop would have been intimidated. And three arrests would be a class action suit.
    Did the unfortunate photog not learn from his previous experience that some police are unlawfully hostile to law-abiding photogs? Carlos, you need to have a talk with the guy to take steps to protect himself.
    This will improve when we win enough legal precedents in courts across America. That means money and lawyers. Where do we send our contributions?

    • Kaemaril

      Objection, your honor! “What? He didn’t have backup photogs covering him?” shows facts not in evidence.

    • tiny

      i anyone would have asked me, i would have gone with him, that section of miami-dade aint that far up the road. CARLOS, perhaps we could get a few of us down here in south fla. and exchange cell numbers or something and get a group that any of us could call whenever to do what Proud Grandpa suggests and have back up photogs there wwhen this type of crap happens. i would give my cell to anyone down here will to join such a group. CARLOS lets do it, what ya say? time for this crap to end, right everyone? [anyone will to start this group may reach me at that address. about time to do something, aint it? so lets get it going!]

      • $22798478

        Let’s do it !

      • Proud GrandPa

        Excellent! Thank you. I have been hoping some others would take the challenge. This will be successful!
        Getting the wingmen with cameras will be the easy part. Securing the services of a motivated trial lawyer will be a bit tougher. May I suggest starting a 501-3c non profit to give tax deductible receipts more easily?
        Also the attorney will still need funds to cover unavoidable court expenses like filing fees and photocopies. Be prepared for that.
        Lastly don’t expect to get rich doing this even though you could. In the case of preachers, they usually sue only for attorney’s fees plus one dollar in damages. Why? Because they want to change culture and law and establish civil rights. They don’t want people accusing them of trying to provoke lawsuits and get rich. Hope this helps.

    • crazyassmofo

      “‘If you say one more fucking word, I’m going to throw your head on the ground and beat the fuck out of you,’”

      I think, should I be on the receiving end of such a threat, that a more immediate, direct and final solution would be more apropos that jumping through legal hoops costing time and expense with an uncertain outcome.

      As an aside…

    • rick

      Is everyone supposed to have backup cameramen when out in public?

      The problem is the 25 ignorant people who stood around with hands empty when Sergeant Asshat decided to protect and serve.
      If I was confronted/arrested with 25 PINAC readers standing nearby how many would record the event? What’s the difference from Mr. Hardy’s arrest?

      • Proud GrandPa

        Thanks for the reply and the questions. You ask if one is supposed to have a backup cameraman when out in public? Of course not, But when one chooses to photo in this legal environment, then one is engaged in a legal battle for civil rights. Go with that mindset and be prepared to fight in court.
        Let me ask readers to consider this. Would MLK and the civil rights movement prevailed had the brave pioneers of equality acted alone? Would the rest of America responded had there been no reporters posting their videos on television? No.
        Likewise for my cause celebre, religious freedom, many college and university Christians and many street preachers would have continued to be persecuted by campus police except for our video tapes and tape recordings. These powerful testimonies won the judge and juries over in trials.
        We are at war here for the culture of America. We fight with facts and persuasion and we need video and audio to win the war. Eventually it will no longer be necessary to bring backup alone. Now it is necessary.
        When we win the war for free photography, the police will respect us and the bad cops will be only a distant memory. That is my goal. I hope this sincerely answers your excellent question, Rick.

        • Proud GrandPa

          Modify the above first para: One need not always take backup cameramen every time one leaves home, but one definitely should do so when planning to take photos. Sorry, but that is just the way it is with the legal problems over photos in America right now.

  • tiny

    a cop coming over and saying, stop doing what is legal, or i will arrest you! what is sort of like a flash mob, this butt-head was surrounded by those with “dangerous” camera’s shooting this shit he/she was doing! as in illegal arrest, which is AKA, kidnapping! i am so sick of this shit, it really needs to stop! and it is not going to stop with just talk! is there anyone in the south florida with BALLS? i am really beginning to wonder!

  • Jeff

    What happens is they are higher police that probably never went to college and barely made it through high school most likely a GED.

    • Jeffrey Marcus Gray

      Jeff, that’s an insult to guys like me who never went to college and barely made it through HS with GED.

      • catherine todd

        Good point, Jeffrey. Never thought of it that way!

  • Geno`

    This guy is obviously looking for trouble, I hope he doesn’t get out of jail….. Why do people want to push everything to the limit???? and then cry foul when it gets them in trouble…..good riddance !!!

    • crazyassmofo

      “‘If you say one more fucking word, I’m going to throw your head on the ground and beat the fuck out of you,’”

    • catherine todd

      Geno, “which guy” are you referring to? Who do you think is “pushing things to the limit?”

      The person who was told by the policeman “‘If you say one more fucking word, I’m going to throw your head on the ground and beat the fuck out of you” or the police officer who made the threat?

      Do you think the photographer should NEVER “get out of jail?” This is an incredible statement to make.

      Unless I am misunderstanding what I just read, I think you are sadly mistaken.

      • Difdi

        To people raised on Law & Order reruns and never taught any critical thinking skills, only criminals have rights, and only a criminal would ever claim to have them.

        Criminals deserve prison, after all.

        • catherine todd

          Difdi, You also make very good points. Never thought of it that way… “only criminals have rights, and only a criminal would ever claim to have them.”

          Therefore, “criminals deserve prison.”

          Whew. But you are probably right about an unfortunate mentality.

          You have an excellent idea for a new “cop block” show. Show how law-abiding citizens are treated by criminal, law-breaking cops.

          Put these stories on TV or Netflix or YouTube or somewhere! Put all the youtube videos together for an hour-long once a week TV show, and let the world know what these cops are really like. Would be difficult to watch but might make a huge difference in changing things rapidly!

          • Difdi

            To a certain extent, it has already been done…and it still resulted in people rooting for the cops. Go look up a TV series called The Shield.

    • Carlos_Miller

      A guy who wants to photograph the filming of a commercial being shot on a public street in broad daylight is looking for trouble?

      • Jeffrey Marcus Gray

        Carlos, I’m patiently waiting for an update. I hope Taylor is ok.

  • $910553

    Once again, there is an appropriate way to deal with “Law Enforcement” such as this fine officer. They will NOT like it when it starts.

  • harry balzanya

    I will wait for the video tape,

  • steveo

    I’ll look up the case, but a person in FL can only be charged with one count of obstruction/resisting without violence per incident. And in most jurisdictions, the bond is between 500 to 750, a misdemeanor.

    But in the case of a videographer, I’d never bond out. I’d go to the 1st Appearance which in FL Statutes has to happen within 24 hours of arrest. I’d be ready with a plethora of precedents about arresting journalists. If you know your stuff, you’ll see the State Attorney, slink under his desk.

    Plus this is where you make your motion to the court for the return of your camera and property. Otherwise, they’ll keep your camera, forever. If you make a motion in the first appearance, the judge will direct the PD to return your property by the end of the day or be held in contempt.

    This is the charge in FL, that Leos use for anything that you tell them you won’t do, even when you assert a constitutional right. Normally, in a 1st Amendment situation, the SA declines to file charges but the cop never has any backlash. So, there is never any reason not to arrest someone for nothing in FL, because they never see any blowback.

    • io-io

      That is very unfortunate. The citizen looses a day of his life. Has to sit in jail for a day. The LEO ends up being Judge, Jury and Executioner. The department gets the camera – since most will not know what to do. The LEO just goes back out to find another poor unfortunate to harass. That is essentially what all of this comes down to.

      They will continue to do this all day long – nothing to stop them.

  • $22798478

    Does he plan on suing? HE SHOULD!

  • lberns

    Find out who the agency was that organized the shoot.


    this has failed, no one has balls in SOUTH FLA, not one answer nor reply. in all of SF there is not one set. and sad to say, carlos where are you, did your set drop yet? i havent heard one word from you, what is going on CARLOS? oh hell man, you said you were going to interview me, oh ya i forgot just how busy a man you are right now, ooppssss, sorry!


    heya guest, seems i did not see this, please reply to me at, anyone that has balls! well even females with balls may answer. [sorry about that, it wont happen again.]