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OK, I understand that we must do what's necessary to safeguard the public, but is hassling photographers going to make the public safer, or does it simply limit our constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression and hand a little victory to Al Qaeda? After all, one of any terrorist organization's goals is to disrupt people's lives and alter their behavior out of fear, and the apparently Memphis police are playing right into this.
I encourage all photographers who are hassled by the police to carry a copy of The Photographer's Right. I also urge photographers hassled by the police to be polite and understand the motivation for this treatment is the public good, and to stress that we're on the same side, but to also educate the authorities as to our legal rights.
I am not affiliated with the author of the Photographer's Right, I'm merely an interested photographer who is concerned about our liberties.
By Toby Sells
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