New York police have defended the department’s three-year-old practice of photographing demonstrators at political rallies, saying there is nothing wrong with taking photos in public areas. But the Village Voice reports that the police were not so sanguine when two transit activists took pictures of officers abusing free street-parking privileges outside a district station.
Last month, two volunteers from the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives were detained after they took pictures of officers’ private cars parked on the sidewalk outside the Fifth Precinct in Chinatown, The Voice said. The volunteers were held and questioned for about 20 minutes and were told to erase the pictures. “It was intimidating. I was afraid they were going to arrest me,” Brian Hoberman, 37, a researcher for the city’s rent board, told the paper.