Friday, May 15, 2009

Photography and the Police

I was reading an article in the Winnipeg Free Press about police and photography. The article talks about police seizing the videotape of a documentary filmmaker recording the destruction of a house. It is clear from the article that the police overstepped their bounds.

It reminded me of the various run-ins that railfans have had with police and railway police in particular. In some cases, (idiot) railfans have made a nuisance of themselves and deserved the attention. However, in many cases (such as this) railfans have been harassed for no good reason.

Know your rights. And follow the railfan etiquette.


clam502 said...

Thanks for the info Steve! I've been looking for something of this sort. I personally never encountered any problems with the law in this regard however still good to know.

Saintjohnrailfan said...

I was out in Rothesay last fall waiting for the train to roll by. I had my tripod and everything set up. A police officer came up to me and wondered what I was doing. It turned out that about 30 minutes prior, somebodys home was broken into about a mile up the road. I mentioned my intentions and he told me he knew somebody who took photos of trains as well.

That's about as close as I've gotten, even that wasn't so bad.