Florida Highway Patrol Questions Man’s Sanity for Photographing Police

Just over a week after [__charges were dismissed against PINAC’s Jeff Gray__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/04/charges-dismissed-against-pinacs-jeff-gray-in-manipulated-probable-cause-arrest/) for an arrest over him taking photos outside the Orlando Police Department, he returned to Orlando and stood outside a Florida Highway Patrol building with his camera, taking photos.

As expected, he was quickly confronted by FHP cops who said they were “concerned” that he was taking photos of patrol cars exiting the parking lot while standing on a public sidewalk.

They also told him it was “not normal procedure” and insinuated that he was mentally unstable and possibly had plans to torch all the patrol cars in the parking lot.

In other words, they were looking for an excuse to kill him.

They also wanted his name so they could include in a “field report,” which will no doubt be added to his already [__burgeoning Homeland Security file.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/04/pinac-crew-member-investigation-fusion-center-video-recording/)

But as he has done so many times before, Gray took it all in stride, refusing to provide his name, his identification and the news site he is representing and they ended up walking away without pushing the matter any further.

This, after all, is party of the First Amendment audits because it doesn’t make a difference whether somebody is representing a Youtube channel, a news site or just wanting to take photos for any other reason.

We won’t stop until they recognize our right to record from public and leave us alone as we saw a [__Texas cop do last week.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/04/texas-cop-confronts-man-for-recording-outside-police-department-before-doing-the-unbelievable/)

Just over a week after [__charges were dismissed against PINAC’s Jeff Gray__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/04/charges-dismissed-against-pinacs-jeff-gray-in-manipulated-probable-cause-arrest/) for an arrest over him taking photos outside the Orlando Police Department, he returned to Orlando and stood outside a Florida Highway Patrol building with his camera, taking photos.

As expected, he was quickly confronted by FHP cops who said they were “concerned” that he was taking photos of patrol cars exiting the parking lot while standing on a public sidewalk.

They also told him it was “not normal procedure” and insinuated that he was mentally unstable and possibly had plans to torch all the patrol cars in the parking lot.

In other words, they were looking for an excuse to kill him.

They also wanted his name so they could include in a “field report,” which will no doubt be added to his already [__burgeoning Homeland Security file.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/04/pinac-crew-member-investigation-fusion-center-video-recording/)

But as he has done so many times before, Gray took it all in stride, refusing to provide his name, his identification and the news site he is representing and they ended up walking away without pushing the matter any further.

This, after all, is party of the First Amendment audits because it doesn’t make a difference whether somebody is representing a Youtube channel, a news site or just wanting to take photos for any other reason.

We won’t stop until they recognize our right to record from public and leave us alone as we saw a [__Texas cop do last week.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/04/texas-cop-confronts-man-for-recording-outside-police-department-before-doing-the-unbelievable/)

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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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