NYPD Sends Out Official Memo Telling Officers They’re Allowed to Be Photographed

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The NYPD has sent out an internal memo that tells officers they aren’t allowed to take action to stop someone from photographing or filming them. This comes a whopping two years after Washington DC’s police chief sent out an almost identical memo.2-alarm fire at 145A 4th Ave.

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According to the New York Daily News, the chief of department’s office sent out the memo to the various command centers across NYC on Wednesday. And the memo doesn’t mince words. Here’s a relevant section:

Members of the public are legally allowed to record police interactions. Intentional interference such as blocking or obstructing cameras or ordering the person to cease constitutes censorship and also violates the First Amendment.

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However, while the cameras can keep snapping, this memo doesn’t give license to a free-for-all. As common sense would dictate, photographers and videographers are still prohibited from interfering with police operations…(read more)

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NYPD Sends Out Official Memo Telling Officers Theyre Allowed to Be Photographed


2 Comments on “NYPD Sends Out Official Memo Telling Officers They’re Allowed to Be Photographed”

  1. […] By Pundit from another Planet Photography, the Law and Photographers Rights NYPD Cop Attacks Man for Video Recording Him Cop Harasses Photographer, Steals His Cellphone Battery The NYPD has sent out an internal memo that tells officers they aren’t allowed to take action to stop someone from photographing or filming them. This comes a whopping two years after Washington DC’s […] Like this? Read more and get your own subscription at […]


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