The Right to Photograph & Record in Public Training for Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders

Ever since 9/11, there has been a heightened awareness of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public.

This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet where they may be viewed and shared, in many cases going “viral” with thousands of views.

Many in law enforcement have the erroneous belief they can order people to stop taking pictures or recording in public. Interference and in some cases arrests stemming from those actions have led to a number of court cases resulting in six-figure settlements, new policies and procedures and sometimes serious disciplinary actions against the officers involved.

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The Right to Photograph & Record in Public
Moderated Panel Discussion / Open to the Public

The moderated panel discussion is an evening event led by Mickey Osterreicher, Esq, general counsel for the NPPA. This event is open to the public.

The audience will include journalists, citizens and law enforcement so that everyone has an opportunity to talk about what they learned in the LEO session, foster a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities of all parties, and ultimately a greater respect for the roles that everyone plays as pertains to news-gathering and law enforcement.

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Mickey H. Osterreicher
General Counsel for the NPPA

As the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), representing 7,000 visual journalists throughout the country, Mickey H. Osterreicher, Esq. deals with First Amendment and photographyissues on a daily basis.\

As a uniformed reserve deputy with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department since 1976 and a former photojournalist in print and broadcast for almost 40 years, he brings a unique perspective to this growing problem.

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The Right to Photograph & Record in Public
General Orders and Reference Materials

Police departments across the United States have issued General Orders or similar documents to explain to their officers and supervisors how to deal with photography and video in the public space. These Orders cover such topics as how to legally secure copies of images, when it is permissible to seize images under extremely limited circumstances, and how to maintain the chain of evidence for the images.

DISCLAIMER: The documents posted on this page are not to be construed in any way as legal advice regarding the Right to Photograph and Record in Public. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding these issues you are strongly advised to consult with your own (or your department’s) legal counsel before taking any action.

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