Friday, 24 June 2011

Taking pictures is a hazardous business!

Like in Carmarthen, taking photographs or videoing officialdom is also an occupational hazard the other side of the pond as Emily Good of Rochester, New York, found to her cost:
A 28-year-old woman has been charged with obstructing governmental administration after refusing a police officer’s order to leave her front yard while she was videotaping a traffic stop.

WHEC-TV reported that Emily Good of Rochester, New York filmed the police officers while they were conducting a traffic stop in front of her home. Good's videotape shows the officers telling her that they feel threatened by her standing behind them because she seemed "very anti-police."

An officer then asked her to go into her house, an order which she refused. After briefly arguing about Good's right to be in her lawn, the officers warned her that if she continued to refuse they would arrest her. She continued to argue, and was then handcuffed and arrested.

I just love the reason for arrest, "obstructing governmental administration" that is a classic and will undoubtedly appear sooner or later in Carmarthenshire County Council policies.

Seriously though, Carmarthen are not twinned with Rochester are they?

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