July 14th, 2014

Miami Cop Fearing Termination after Altercation with Internal Affairs Lieutenant he Pulled Over (Updated) 128

By Carlos Miller

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A Miami police officer pulled a car over for speeding last month, which turned out to be a plainclothes internal affairs lieutenant who shoved the door open on the officer after refusing to provide his drivers license, leading to a struggle on the side of the road that was caught on camera.

As the two were on the ground wresting, another three Miami cops who just happened to be in the area pulled up and piled on the screaming driver– only to pull off when they realized the man at the bottom was an internal affairs lieutenant from their own department.

July 11th, 2014

PINAC Crew Member Files Police Report Against DEA Agent who Battered him for Video Recording 113

By Carlos Miller

 

A Photography is Not a Crime crew member who was battered by an apparent DEA agent last month for video recording in public filed a complaint with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, forcing detectives to investigate the incident and take some type of action.

The fact that Thomas Covenant is 69 years old takes it from a first-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. No different than if Covenant would have done the same to the agent, with the exception that Covenant would have been immediately thrown in jail.

July 11th, 2014

Journalist Handcuffed by ICE Agents for Photographing U.S. Border Fence in New Mexico 74

By Andrew Meyer
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Andy Beale’s goal was to create a photo project comparing the fence between the U.S. and Mexico and the wall between Israel and Palestine.

On June 6, 2014, Beale arrived at the Santa Teresa border checkpoint in New Mexico with a friend to take pictures of the fence. As Beale started taking pictures, a Federal Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) officer drove up and asked Beale what he was doing, and for identification. ICE agents then escorted Beale and his friend inside the immigration building, and promptly handcuffed the two of them to a bench.

July 10th, 2014

ACLU Sues Feds for Profiling Photographers as Terrorists 23

By Carlos Miller

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One man ended up in a Homeland Security database after photographing a famous piece of public art titled the Rainbow Swash in Boston, which also happens to be a gas storage tank.

Another man ended up in the Homeland Security database after he was chased away by a security guard while attempting to photograph a refinery from a public parking lot.

Another man ended up in the Homeland Security database after police forced their way into his home mistakenly looking for a domestic violence suspect before noticing he had been searching for flight simulator games on his computer.

Another man ended up in the Homeland Security database after trying to purchase a large amount of computers at a Best Buy for his company.

And another man ended up in the Homeland Security database after he was observed standing at a train station monitoring the entrances and exits waiting for his mother.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit today against the federal government on behalf of the five men, challenging the legality of the Suspicious Activity Reporting program, which could potentially lead to a cascade of lawsuits considering how many of us have ended up in that database.

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