Photography is Not a Crime
Photo Credit: Michael Pancier Photography
On Saturday August 10, 2013, I broke the story of Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles threatening to arrest Alyssa Shipe, after Shipe called 911 when a group of youths in a minivan descended on her street and began threatening her neighbors during the annual Raymond Street block party.
As Shipe was video recording, officer Nobles yelled at her " You can tape all you want, but you're leaving, or you're going to jail!"
Just three days after posting the story on both my blogs, DavyV.blogspot,com, and Rpdexposed.blogspot.com, as well as on Copblock.org, where I'm a regular contributor, Carlos Miller, publisher, and founder of Photography is Not a Crime, picked up the story.
This marks at least the fourth time in the last two years, that the Rochester, NY Police department has been featured on Miller's popular Miami-based, Photography is Not a Crime, or "PINAC", for short.
In 2011, when Emily Good was arrested by Rochester, NY Police officer Mario Masic, for video recording Masic conducting a racially-profiled traffic stop of an African-American motorist in front of her home, Miller was one of the first to take Good's story national, and the first to post a photo of RPD officer Mario Masic.
Miller's post of Good's arrest also helped the case receive international attention, and played an important role in Good's arrest video going viral.
|Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles
charges at woman video recording:
"You guys, you can videotape all you want,
but you're going to leave, or you're going to jail!"
Just a few weeks later, the RPD was back on PINAC, when Miller posted a video I filmed of Rochester Police officers retaliating against Emily Good supporters (including myself), who were attending a support meeting for Good.
Known as "RPD's Pink Ruler Retaliation", the video shows several Rochester Police officers showing up to the Flying Squirrel Community Space, in Rochester's historic Corn Hill neighborhood, as one officer uses a pink children's school ruler to measure the distance the meeting attendees' vehicles were parked from the curb.
Vehicles parked as little as 1/4 inch from the allowed limit, were issued tickets, which were later dismissed, in part, because of the spotlight once again shone on the City of Rochester, and its police force, thanks in part, to individuals like Carlos Miller, and his Photography is Not a Crime website.
Then, just a few months ago, Rochester once again was featured on PINAC, after a Rochester, NY Police officer became irate with a citizen who was video recording an accident right outside his own home.
At one point in the video, the RPD officer is seen and heard ordering the man into his home, before walking on the man's porch, where he physically forces the man inside, as he yells, "You come out here again, I'm arresting you!"
And now, with Photography is Not a Crime featuring this latest, disturbing incident, involving Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles, on its site, more people will see, that when it comes to respecting citizens' first amendment right to record, the Rochester, NY Police department has not learned a thing.
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