Even Popular Mechanics has felt compelled to weigh-in on attempts by those who order that we not film them despite the fact that they purport to work for us. In his article “Taking Photos In Public Places Is Not A Crime: Analysis” author Glenn Harlan Reynolds wrote:
Our guardians of public safety often have the idea that shooting pictures in public places might be a precursor to some sort of terrorism. It’s an understandable concern, but misguided. I believe there is a good case to be made that having lots of cameras in the hands of citizens makes us more, rather than less, safe. . . the fact is, our ability to document the actions of public officials is an important freedom, one that can serve as a check against abuses.
Despite the use of terms like “citizen” (which to me denote a parent-child relationship between the State and the individual) Reynolds is pretty on-point.
Read the rest of the article and if you’re so-inclined, leave a comment to underscore that you appreciate this kind of coverage.
Thanks to my bud Shane in IL for passing this article my way.