It would be nice if for once, one of these instances involved typical photography in the street such as taking photos of normal people, buildings or landscapes that a holiday maker may take. I get the impression many of these occurances with heavy-handed police seem to happen around sensitive locations or events. This one was near a fatal car crash and another recent one involved photographing police officers in Northern Ireland IIRC, both someone sensitive and as a result my sympathy with the photographers involved is somewhat lacking.
We don't know what happened in this case - but if - and I stress if - the cop thought he was taking photographs of an injured or dead victim I might have more than a little sympathy with his attitude.
The story seems to be a) that a member of the public was apparently sworn at by a policeman. b) the member of the public videoed part of the exchange c) the member of the public 'had been taking photographs of a road in Churchdown' There is no particular reason from the report to think that the apparent reaction to the man was anything to do with him taking photographs, at least not a primary reaction. The details are so sketchy that speculation is pointless.
Why? As distasteful as some may find it, taking pictures of an accident scene, the dead and injured, is legal to do, and to be threatened with physical violence by a police officer is wholly wrong. His job is to uphold the laws enacted by parliament, not invent and enforce rules he's created on the spot.
And the police wonder why they lose the people's support. There was an incident a few months ago in brum where someone was threatening to commit suicide by throwing themselves off a motorway bridge. The police's reaction was: - close the motorway to remove the danger to the individual and members of the public. Fair enough. - they kept the motorway closed for another 12 hrs or so while they convinced the individual to come away from the bridge. Bloody stupid and caused huge traffic jams, delays causing 1000s of people's plans to screwed up. I thought the idea of the police was to ensure the actions of a minority of the population didn't adversely impact the rest of the population ............
I thought he was pretty restrained! Having listened to the entire video - whilst technically the copper was not correct about deleting images he was clearly trying to be sensitive to the victims - and although he was out of order to some extent I am not unsympathetic with him. The guy also let the police thought he was a reporter - which he may or may not have been. He went through the images and was clearly trying to be reasonable. And there was no threat of violence - nothing more than a flippant comment. Give the guy a break. Storm in a teacup for me!
No, they'd removed the risk of death from the public and the individual by closing the road. They should then have removed the individual by non-lethal means, introducing protective measures to stop him hurting himself and removed him to a safe place where they could have helped him with his problems. Allowing one person to mess up the lives of 1000s for almost an entire day just can't be right. The innocent members of the public were just forgotten about.mphYes - should have shot the inconsiderate bastard!