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  • "HEY. Turn the camera off NOW!"

    Is this a legal/reasonable order at a fatal accident scene?

  • #2
    What a nice open ended question.

    The answer to your question would depend on who is doing the filming and where they are at.
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    I don't agree with your opinion, but I respect its straightforwardness in terms of wrongness.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Smurfette_76 View Post
      What a nice open ended question.

      The answer to your question would depend on who is doing the filming and where they are at.
      And what they were filming.
      “We don't disagree, you are wrong. Until you have a clue what you are talking about we can't disagree.” - cgh6366

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      • #4
        Let's assume for the purposes of this exercise that it's a cameraman from a local television station positioned in a public right of way adjacent to the roadway wearing the appropriate safety vest outside the marked perimeter of the scene.

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        • #5
          Again, what's he filming? The bodies? The idiots rubbernecking? The plane flying overhead?
          “We don't disagree, you are wrong. Until you have a clue what you are talking about we can't disagree.” - cgh6366

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          • #6
            Originally posted by junpkutz View Post
            Let's assume for the purposes of this exercise that it's a cameraman from a local television station positioned in a public right of way adjacent to the roadway wearing the appropriate safety vest outside the marked perimeter of the scene.
            If you were zooming in on the victim's face still mangled in the wreck, when I know that family has not yet been notified, then yes, the statement is appropriate. If you have been in photo journalism for any period of time, you will know quickly that it's a good idea to work well with others, particularly the public safety agencies in the area that you are paid to cover. Running around the scene like a squirrel capturing as much as you can before you draw too much attention to yourself is a bad idea. Although something isn't illegal, doesn't mean it's right. The officers, FFs, EMS workers can file complaints on media personnel just like anyone else. Good or bad reputations can be built quickly in your line of work just as it is in ours. Keep that in mind.
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            • #7
              what Sgt Scott said....
              News channels wont dare show that stuff on TV though, (the dead victim), they know it will result in lawsuits and problems...Usually LEOs and Medical personell will have blocked the victim somehow, if possible...ecer see the news where a few cops and firefighters are holding up a large tarp?
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              • #8
                As far as I care, you could keep filming. Don't be surprised if I decide your tape might have some evidentiary value. If so, I will take your tape as evidence and you will have to petition to get it back.
                God made perfect cops.......The rest he put in cars.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by crass cop View Post
                  what Sgt Scott said....
                  News channels wont dare show that stuff on TV though, (the dead victim), they know it will result in lawsuits and problems...Usually LEOs and Medical personell will have blocked the victim somehow, if possible...ecer see the news where a few cops and firefighters are holding up a large tarp?
                  Hmmmm...someone training to work for KCTV5 perhaps...?

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                  • #10
                    If you want to work in media then take a course in media ethics.

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                    • #11
                      Deleted.......
                      Last edited by wirefire2; 01-15-2010, 05:06 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Deleted.....
                        Last edited by wirefire2; 01-15-2010, 05:06 AM.

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                        • #13
                          If you should be in the area of an incident in CA, you may film anything you wish as long as you stay outside the police investigation lines, do not interfere with the investigation and are reasonable in your approach.

                          As was stated above, a nice officer might ask you to provide your name and address for their investigation; because, what you film may become valuable to the investigation or have some evidentiary value.

                          What ever you do, do not use a strong illuminating device that will blind others in the area.
                          Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

                          [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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                          • #14
                            What's the difference between "appropriate" and "legal" or "reasonable?"
                            What's the difference between "my safety zone" and "my crime scene" and "outside the marked perimeter?"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by junpkutz View Post
                              What's the difference between "appropriate" and "legal" or "reasonable?"
                              What's the difference between "my safety zone" and "my crime scene" and "outside the marked perimeter?"
                              How do you like my new tie?
                              “We don't disagree, you are wrong. Until you have a clue what you are talking about we can't disagree.” - cgh6366

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