Police Presence in Petworth

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    For all the lead-foot morning commuters on New Hampshire Avenue NW, this is your final warning. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour, and no matter if you think that's too slow or not, these two DC MPD will issue you a speeding ticket.

    They were at Sherman Avenue this morning, promising also to be on New Hampshire above Grant Circle, and will be ready to ruin Speed Racer mornings all week long. The cops are more than happy to give speeding drivers a sloooow ticket writing experience, giving both hefty fines and points on a license.

    I'm am happy for the police presence in Petworth, and I'm also happy they're cracking down on the New Hampshire Avenue raceway, but I wasn't happy with the response to photographing their speeding ticket sidewalk scene.

    See the grinning on the officer in the florescent vest? The on the right in the photo above? When I said I was going to photograph him pulling over a speeder, a celebration of good police work in my neighbourhood, he wasn't happy any more. He said that the act of pulling a driver over was a "police action" and photography wasn't allowed.

    Whoa! Apparently Officer No-Photo didn't know who he was talking to, and didn't realize that photography in public, and especially photography of law enforcement officers in action, in public, is a well documented First Amendment right.

    So while I love the police presence, and enjoy watching this police action every morning, Officer No-Photo needs to brush up on his 1st Amendment rights. Photography is free on our streets, nationwide.

    Chris ^.^y, BigBull6, boyDrew, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. KCIvey 91 months ago | reply

      You should add this to DC Photo Rights. It would be nice to have something relevant in that pool for a change. No idea what people are thinking the group is about nowadays.

    2. Chris ^.^y 91 months ago | reply

      Great picture of the MPDC officers :)

    3. v1rotate 86 months ago | reply

      Alright! It;s great to hear someone stand up for ALL OUR rights!!!

    4. ashi 85 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Photography is not a crime, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    5. NowPublic 83 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing your photo!This photograph appears in a NowPublic news story: Police to seal off D.C. neighbourhoods.

    6. RockCreekMama 57 months ago | reply

      hi. i would like to use this photo as part of an online photo gallery. can you drop me a line?
      shina AT washpost.com

      thanks.

    7. mock26 36 months ago | reply

      I know that this comment is "late to the party" but are there any rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States that deal directly with the first amendment and photographing police?

    8. ashi 36 months ago | reply

      No, but look at Roberts vs. Fetterman and read THIS article: www.firstamendmentcenter.org/photography-the-first-amendment

    9. RB (Bob) Jones 35 months ago | reply

      Ashi from the linked article is is important to never say that the photographs are only for personal use, if you want protection under the 1st amendment.

      Always express your intent to spread the information by whatever means and that the 'subject' of the photograph is of public interest.

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