Greetings good citizens!
There is a site called "Photography Is Not A Crime" that documents police abuse across the nation against citizens with cameras. It was created by Carlos Miller, a multimedia journalist based in Florida who was arrested for taking photos of a group of police officers while working on an article for a news site. Miller created the blog to document his trial, but the blog grew in popularity with readers from around the country sending him stories of photographers getting arrested.
As I mentioned on THIS POST, I was hesitant to take pictures when I saw the police arresting the turnstile jumper that day. The police in Philadelphia don't follow Commissioner Charles Ramsey's memo advising them that civilians are allowed to record or photograph officers in public spaces. Often using a cell phone or camera, people have attempted to record police, only to have their recording devices smashed or confiscated, and themselves handcuffed and charged with felonies.
I am glad I am carrying my digital camera with me every day. Just to show you what is like to live in the "City of Brotherly Love", I am including a couple of images. I took the first image at the train station platform on my way home after work, just three days after seeing the kid getting arrested. The next two images were taken while riding the bus on my way to a patient's home the same week.
On a related report, Newsweek Magazine published this article this week: when taking pictures get you arrested!