The Right to Photograph & Record in Public: Law Enforcements Officers, First Responders
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Ever since 9/11, there has been a heightened awareness of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet where they may be viewed and shared, in many cases going “viral” with thousands of views.
Many in law enforcement have the erroneous belief they can order people to stop taking pictures or recording in public. Interference and in some cases arrests stemming from those actions have led to a number of court cases resulting in six-figure settlements, new policies and procedures and sometimes serious disciplinary actions against the officers involved.
As the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), representing 7,000 visual journalists throughout the country, Mickey H. Osterreicher, Esq. deals with these issues on a daily basis. As a uniformed reserve deputy with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department since 1976 and a former photojournalist in print and broadcast for almost 40 years he brings a unique perspective to this growing problem. (Click here to read Osterreicher's professional biography).
The "Right to Photograph & Record in Public" program will address First and Fourth Amendment rights, search and seizure, exigent circumstances, federal civil rights lawsuits against police agencies as well as an analysis and update on the most recent cases and court rulings dealing with these issues.
Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, will discuss the “coextensive” right of both the press and the public to photograph and record as well as provide practical advice regarding the best ways to handle these situations.
The benefit for law enforcement is to avoid costly federal civil rights lawsuits that have cost municipalities money they can ill afford to pay. Time permitting, we will also discuss the impact of social media and the use of drones in newsgathering.
The program format is a 4-hour presentation and discussion. Law enforcement officers will receive 4 Hours of Texas Commission On Law Enforcement (TCOLE) credit
This program is offered at no charge to Law Enforcement Officers, Emergency Management, Fire / EMS personnel, and Public Information Officers working for any Texas government agency or department.
The program for law enforcement, fire/rescue, and emergency management personnel and their PIOs will be held on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 1pm to 5pm, in the Student Center Ballroom on the San Jacinto College Central campus at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena, Texas (building 14 on this map). Free parking will be available in parking lot P20. We will email a San Jacinto College Parking Pass to all registered attendees and sponsors.
For those wishig to attend the evening panel discussion please register before September 11, 2015 at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-right-to-photograph-record-in-public-panel-discussion-tickets-18086610539
The Houston Chronicle, Vinson & Elkins, NPPA Region 8 and San Jacinto College are pleased to support this event and to work with NPPA and other media groups, as well as with law enforcement agencies, to provide education and training about these important public issues.
Privacy notice: Personal identification or contact information about any attendees will not be released to the NPPA or any Sponsors. NPPA will only be provided with a list of departments and agencies who attend this event.
Right to Photograph Seminar room block at La Quinta Inn & Suites, Pasadena, TX
We have blocked a group of rooms at the La Quinta Inn and Suites, Pasadena, which is located at 3490 East Sam Houston Parkway South, just south of Spencer Highway, and only four miles from the San Jacinto College campus.Their local hotel reservations phone is 281-991-7771.
The Right To Photograph Seminar block includes two room options:
- A room with two double queen beds for a discounted rate of $93.60 plus tax per night
- A room with one king bed for a discounted rate of $102.60 plus tax per night.
The deadline to book a room at these discounted rates is September 1, 2015.
What are my parking options getting to the event?
There is nearby free parking (with displayed parking permit) in Lot P20. Attendees must register online with Eventbrite before noon on Friday, September 11, 2015 and provide their email address in order to receive a free parking permit.
When do doors open?
Doors open at noon.
When & Where
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and the Society of Professional Journalists
Since its founding in 1946, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has been the Voice of Visual Journalists.
NPPA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit professional organization dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism, its creation, editing and distribution in all news media.
NPPA encourages visual journalists to reflect the highest standards of quality and ethics in their professional performance, in their business practices and in their comportment.
NPPA vigorously advocates for and protects the Constitutional rights of journalists as well as freedom of the press and speech in all its forms, especially as it relates to visual journalism. Its 7,000 members include still and television photographers, editors, students, and representatives of businesses serving the visual journalism community.
The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.
To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.
It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.