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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Free to shoot?

VIDEOS and photographs, so easily posted on the Internet, have been the bane of security forces trying to quell unrest on the streets. Think Egypt, Tunisia, and Washington?

Jerome Vorus of Alexandria was walking in Georgetown last summer when he noticed some Metropolitan Police officers making a traffic stop. He began taking pictures, and when the cops noticed, they approached him and asked for his identification. According to papers filed in court, four different officers told him it was illegal to take pictures or recordings of MPD officers without permission from the public affairs office. It was 30 minutes before the officers returned Mr. Vorus' ID.

The Virginian has now filed suit, saying his First Amendment rights to take pictures in public places, as well as his Fourth Amendment right offering protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, were violated.

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