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Police Stop Journalists From Photographing Metrorail System

July 5th, 2010 07:57 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

schwit1 writes with this excerpt from Reason.com:
“Carlos Miller, who runs the Photography Is Not a Crime blog, and veteran photojournalist Stretch Leford decided to test the photography rules in Miami-Dade’s metrorail system. Before embarking on their test, they obtained written assurance from Metro Safety and Security Chief Eric Muntan that there’s no law against non-commercial photography on the system. The two didn’t make it past the first station before they were stopped. Employees of 50 State Security, the private firm contracted to provide the metro’s security, stopped the pair first. They then called in local police. The private firm and the police then threatened the two with arrest, demanded their identification (to check them against a terrorist watch list), demanded multiple times that they stop filming, and eventually ‘banned’ Miller and Ledford from the metro system ‘for life’ (though it’s doubtful they had the authority to do so).”

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  • RAND CANDORMAN

    ( IN RESPONSE ) I COME FROM A MUCH WIDER CONCERN ABOUT THE METRO-RAIL SECURITY BEING RESTAFFED. POINT, FIRST-THE CONTRACT PRIMARY AGENCY BLENDING THE UNIFIED SMALLER SUB-RESOURCES IS REALLY SCRAPING THE RESOURCES OF “THE HOOD”. MILITARY RETIRED, COP MOON-LIGHTING-ARE NOT BEING ATTRACTED TO THIS CONTRACT BECAUSE IT IS SOURCED AT SUCH A LOW PREMIUM, AN ARMED GUARD RATE HAS STAGNATED AT 11.25 AN HOUR-LITTLE MORE THEN 9.75-10.00 AN HOUR FOR UN-ARMED GUARDS! NOT EVEN CLOSE TO DRAWING EDUCATED, EXPERIENCED, OR COMPETENT MANPOWER. THE FAT-LADY CIRCUS MAY BE AN ATTEMPT TO BE ETHNICALLY CORRECT BALANCED, BUT COULDN’T SWAT FLIES AT A FRIED-CHICKEN PICNIC!NEXT POINT-THE DANGER ON THE RAIL CONTRACT LIE IN THE NON-MIDDLE0EASTEN LOOKING WOMAN WITH A BABY STROLLER-IF, INDEED, YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SUICIDE BOMBER—-THEY NEED NO RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHS-AND WOULDN’T WANT TO TIP OFF A SOFT TARGET ANYWAY! PROFILING IS OF LITTLE USE-AND USELESS TO FECKLESSLY INCOMPETENT GUARDS. NO,NO-THE REAL DANGER FOR OUR “FAT-LITTLE-JOLLY-OLLIE’S” ARMED THUGS OF THE INNER-CITY DOING STICK-UPS, ARMED ROBBERIES, AND CAR AND ” MONEY-JACKS” OF BANK CUSTOMERS.THEY RUN, HIDE, AND CRUISE IN-AND-AROUND THE RAIL STOP AREAS-LOOKING FOR VICTIMS. CAN’T PROFILE OR DEFEND AGAINST QUICK PREDATORS WITH OUTSOURCED “DIMWITS”! CAN WE ALL ADJOURN THE DIATRIBE AND GET SOME WATERMELON ON A HOT DAY!!!!????

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  • RAND CANDORMAN

    ( IN RESPONSE ) I COME FROM A MUCH WIDER CONCERN ABOUT THE METRO-RAIL SECURITY BEING RESTAFFED. POINT, FIRST-THE CONTRACT PRIMARY AGENCY BLENDING THE UNIFIED SMALLER SUB-RESOURCES IS REALLY SCRAPING THE RESOURCES OF “THE HOOD”. MILITARY RETIRED, COP MOON-LIGHTING-ARE NOT BEING ATTRACTED TO THIS CONTRACT BECAUSE IT IS SOURCED AT SUCH A LOW PREMIUM, AN ARMED GUARD RATE HAS STAGNATED AT 11.25 AN HOUR-LITTLE MORE THEN 9.75-10.00 AN HOUR FOR UN-ARMED GUARDS! NOT EVEN CLOSE TO DRAWING EDUCATED, EXPERIENCED, OR COMPETENT MANPOWER. THE FAT-LADY CIRCUS MAY BE AN ATTEMPT TO BE ETHNICALLY CORRECT BALANCED, BUT COULDN’T SWAT FLIES AT A FRIED-CHICKEN PICNIC!NEXT POINT-THE DANGER ON THE RAIL CONTRACT LIE IN THE NON-MIDDLE0EASTEN LOOKING WOMAN WITH A BABY STROLLER-IF, INDEED, YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SUICIDE BOMBER—-THEY NEED NO RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHS-AND WOULDN’T WANT TO TIP OFF A SOFT TARGET ANYWAY! PROFILING IS OF LITTLE USE-AND USELESS TO FECKLESSLY INCOMPETENT GUARDS. NO,NO-THE REAL DANGER FOR OUR “FAT-LITTLE-JOLLY-OLLIE’S” IS ARMED THUGS OF THE INNER-CITY DOING STICK-UPS, ARMED ROBBERIES, AND CAR AND ” MONEY-JACKS” OF BANK CUSTOMERS.THEY RUN, HIDE, AND CRUISE IN-AND-AROUND THE RAIL STOP AREAS-LOOKING FOR VICTIMS. CAN’T PROFILE OR DEFEND AGAINST QUICK PREDATORS WITH OUTSOURCED “DIMWITS”! CAN WE ALL ADJOURN THE DIATRIBE AND GET SOME WATERMELON ON A HOT DAY!!!!????

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  • RAND CANDORMAN

    when you can’t even screw up enough courage to travel to the neighborhood of the outsourcing agency-maybe it is time to stay home and defend The Alamo!”HERE COME DA JUNGLE,BOSS!”

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