Search

NPPA Voices Strong Objections to Congressional Incident in Cincinnati

August 25th, 2011 by Mickey Osterreicher

NPPA has written strong letters of objection to both U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)  and the Cincinnati Police Chief after video cameras belonging to citizens were seized by a police officer acting upon orders from the congressman’s aides.

The incident occurred on August 22, 2011 while Chabot was speaking to the public at a town hall meeting. According to press reports, Chabot spokesman Jamie Schwartz admitted that “he had a Cincinnati police officer confiscate the cameras ‘to protect the privacy of constituents.’”

Think Progress also reported that signs were posted on doors at the NorthAvondale Recreation Center that read: “For Security Purposes, Cameras Are NOT Permitted.”  Video posted on Carlos Miller’s website shows clips of the incident. At least two photographers recording with broadcast quality cameras can be seen in the video although they were not interefered with.

What is most disconcerting is that Congressman Chabot sits on the U.S. House of Representatives Commitee on the Judiciary which deals with these very issues and has supported legislation permitting “the photographing, electronic recording, broadcasting, or televising to the public of [federal] court proceedings. In seeking “a complete and immediate apology” by the congressman for this  “blatant constitutional transgression” the NPPA letter also wrote that “posting signs banning cameras ‘for security purposes’ does not supersede the constitutional rights of citizens.”

Reaction to the incident has been extremely negative and widespread with hundreds of comments posted on YouTube, Congressman Chabot’s Facebook wall and sent to his congresssional website page. This appears to be exactly the embarrassing outcome that aides had intented to avoid. Schwartz also is reported to have said that the cameras confiscated ”from David Little and Liz Ping, who were given the cameras back at the end of the meeting.”

The NPPA letter to Cincinnati Police Chief James E. Craig stated that “whether the officer acted at the request of the congressman or his staff or of his own volition exhibits a total lack of understanding and/or disregard for the constitutional protections afforded those he is sworn to serve and protect. Law enforcement agencies are established to uphold and enforce laws in a professional manner, part of which is to exercise good judgment. I believe that your officer abused that discretion by his actions.” The letter also went on to state that “if your department’s vision is to be ‘recognized as the standard of excellence in policing’ by ‘the delivery of fair and impartial police services while maintaining an atmosphere of respect for human dignity;’ then we would respectfully request that you maintain your ‘integrity,’ ‘professionalism,’ and ‘accountability’ by upholding your ‘obligations to the department and community’ and reinstate ‘public trust’ by a full and impartial investigation of this incident.” The letter concluded by a “request that your department immediately issue orders directing officers to cease such activity and also that your department implement revised training for all officers regarding these matters.”

Another town hall meeting is scheduled for August 29, 2011. Schwartz assured reporters that “no cameras would be seized at” that meeting.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/08/24/Video-cameras-confiscated-at-town-hall/UPI-46281314241497/#ixzz1W3ygwoJo

 and http://www.pixiq.com/article/ohio-congressman-bans-cameras-from-town-hall-meeting

Posted in Access, Cameras, cincinnati police, condemned, confiscated, congressman, ethics, First Amendment, First Amendment rights, Fourth Amendment, Fourth Amendment rights, law, Legal, mass media, National Press Photographers Association, News Photography, NPPA, photographers, Photographers' Rights, Police, Politics, Public Photography, Search and Seizure, steve chabot, Town Hall Meeting, video cameras, violating | 26 Comments »



26 Responses to “NPPA Voices Strong Objections to Congressional Incident in Cincinnati”

  1.   ann Says:

    nppa should file a formal unprofessional conduct complaint against the involved officer and the chief for the incident.

  2.   3D Beamer Says:

    Hi there, You’ve performed an incredible job. I will definitely digg it and in my view recommend to my friends. I’m confident they will be benefited from this web site.

  3.   Small Dog Breeds Says:

    Well is not this particular rather ironic I do not know really things to say besides what’s already around. Anyways I hope you love what you understand below therefore provides many kind of used to one now or perhaps in the future. If it does not always remember there are a ton of another means available for you to take advantage of.

  4.   Donnell Neish Says:

    I am continually browsing online for posts that can aid me. Thank you!

  5.   Ahmad Windham Says:

    I want to acknowledge Christina for leaving her grounding comment here on the consumer agenda. Inadvertently or otherwise, it underscores the value social media is playing in exposing trade and consumers to each others points of view. Her comment and this entire discussion motivated me to expand further at my blog, WineZag.

  6.   wiki.iapp.ru Says:

    Till exempel i Star Wars-spel har spelaren freespins
    möjlighet att behålla eller förkasta vissa kort.
    Men efter att ha tagit dina vinster från roulette, gå och spela
    slotmaskinen i de hoppas att du kommer att
    få det gratis. Detta skulle få dig att tro att du nästan vunnit och möjligen
    uppmuntra dig att spela, du kan också välja hur många freespins av odjuret.

  7.   Antone Says:

    These proteins do are a source of each and every from the essential amino acids, but not really using a quantity sufficient to help meet human body requirements.

  8.   salt mine krakow Says:

    Check it yourself http://www.taern.com

  9.   Designer Clothes Says:

    I’m still learning from you, as I’m trying to reach my goals. I definitely enjoy reading all that is posted on your website.Keep the stories coming. I loved it!

  10.   Bodybuilding Workouts Says:

    I like what you guys are up also. Such smart work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys I

  11.   Jamar Reininger Says:

    It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I have read this post and if I may I desire to counsel you some fascinating things or suggestions. Maybe you can write subsequent articles regarding this article. I wish to read even more issues about it!

  12.   Hubert Wedekind Says:

    I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.

  13.   Modern Furniture Says:

    Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is magnificent, let alone the content!

  14.   http://www.timur-lang.com Says:

    Nu ska jag visa freespins dig hur att öka din satsning
    placeras per dragning. Så du verkligen vill vara säker
    på att du har fina starka armar med detta som du vill gå där alla vet ditt namn,
    och de är alltid glad att du kom. Så, du kommer att ta det översta gungande steg här, få
    den inställd, set, hand ner, snurra och tillbaka till
    där du befinner dig.

  15.   adresyfirm.org Says:

    Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to far added agreeable from you! By the way, how can we communicate?

  16.   Flooring Ideas Says:

    I

  17.   zaborilenta Says:

    fantastic post.Ne’er knew this, thanks for letting me know.

  18.   Rusty Pless Says:

    You’re my function designs. Many thanks for your write-up

  19.   Aurora Endo Says:

    I

  20.   Augustina Greenen Says:

    This is the worst article of all, I

  21.   Pearlene Tarango Says:

    Like hell they do not.

  22.   Party Dresses Says:

    I like what you guys are up also. Such smart work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my web site :).

  23.   Max Wahid Says:

    I would like in on this. Make sure you permit me appear. I understand this site just isn’t stay nonetheless but I do think that’s proof of my dedication and interest.

  24.   Referencement 63 Says:

    Great blog but honestly the sheer amount of Ads.

  25.   Belle Scavo Says:

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  26.   Claire Cillo Says:

    data mining tools for healthcare

Leave a Reply