Even the British courts understand the rights of photographers

In an incident that sounds very familiar to this Miami photographer, British police arrested freelancer photographer Marc McMahon for “obstructing police” when he tried to photograph a man threatening to jump off a bridge in 2006.

In arresting him, police knocked a cell phone camera from his daughter’s hand as she tried to photograph the arrest. Then they carted him away, leaving more than £10,000 worth of camera gear behind, which not surprisingly, was stolen.

This week, a British judge found McMahon not guilty, saying he acted “professionally”.

In other words, police acted unprofessionally when they arrested him.

Now McMahon is suing the police department. Here’s hoping he wins.205

In an incident that sounds very familiar to this Miami photographer, British police arrested freelancer photographer Marc McMahon for “obstructing police” when he tried to photograph a man threatening to jump off a bridge in 2006.

In arresting him, police knocked a cell phone camera from his daughter’s hand as she tried to photograph the arrest. Then they carted him away, leaving more than £10,000 worth of camera gear behind, which not surprisingly, was stolen.

This week, a British judge found McMahon not guilty, saying he acted “professionally”.

In other words, police acted unprofessionally when they arrested him.

Now McMahon is suing the police department. Here’s hoping he wins.205

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Carlos Millerhttps://pinacnews.com
Editor-in-Chief Carlos Miller spent a decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in the Southwest before returning to his hometown Miami and launching Photography is Not a Crime aka PINAC News in 2007. He also published a book, The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which is available on Amazon.

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