Apparently the NYPD has told members of its “service” that photography in public places is still legal in the city (large JPG):
Members of the service are reminded that photography and the videotaping of public places, buildings and structures are common activities within New York City. Given the City’s prominence as a tourist destination, practically all such photography will have no connection to terrorism or unlawful conduct.
What a relief that I am no longer considered a terrorist. Jokes aside, this is a somewhat of a clarifying document, confirming the express permission to photograph in the subway and other areas. Also, section 2 (see image) states that cops cannot just ask to see what photos people have just taken without the photographer’s consent. That said, as expected (this is the state after all!), the police can, when there are “exigent circumstances” confiscate equipment.
I do wonder, however, if they would be so gracious when it comes time to record the NYPD’s activities. Never turn the cameras on Big Brother. Buildings: sure, snap away; state-criminal activity: No.
All in all, a minor victory perhaps.
(Via Chase Jarvis)1:50 pm on May 20, 2009 Email Manuel Lora