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Article posted Aug 17 2011, 8:33 PM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: Techdirt Print

Police Say They Can Detain Photographers If Their Photographs Have 'No Apparent Esthetic Value'

from the police-as-art-critics dept
by Mike Masnick, Techdirt


Apparently the police in Long Beach, California, have a policy that says if a police officer determines that a photographer is taking photos of something with "no apparent esthetic value," they can detain them. This revelation came after photographer Sander Roscoe Wolff was taking the following photo:



The police officer somehow determined that there couldn't be esthetic value there, and thus, the photographer had to be detained and checked out. The police are defending this policy, saying that while officers don't have any specific training in what qualifies as "apparent esthetic value," they will stop anyone photographing things they don't consider to be something a "regular tourist" would photograph. I actually have to go down to Long Beach next month for a speaking engagement, and I'm now tempted to take a bunch of photographs that have "no apparent esthetic value."





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dougo

Posted: Aug 17 2011, 11:31 PM

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688 sounds like that old camera equipment laying around just went up in value,and taxpayers will again get the bill
Dave

Posted: Aug 18 2011, 8:26 AM

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i have seen similar to this story before. with all the big brother cameras in britain, people are starting to examine the prison.

in britain the 'police' routinely steal dna from people. there are no doubt multiple applications. with all the breeding programs going on this allows the state reproduce itself with the diversity it needs.

the term 'aversion therapy' comes to mind as the more people see of reality, the more they detest what they see. there is a delay from that as people need time to process and recover from the injury of what they have seen.

i would like to see something break down the war. i heard a chap trying to get a house in a town in britain and overheard him say 'that leaves me 60 for two weeks to live on, i can't live on that.' one of many horror stories. he had just been to the council to try to get housing and facing obstruction he mentioned that the council had secretly block booked new houses as a reward for iraqis who had worked for the british. they accused him of racism but he was protesting why they were obstructing him.

the council people are stuck as politics is top down and based on denial, they are employed to act which is often at present using newspeak in the form of reich 4 programming (fronting fascism). this when the illusion is blown, that is out in talk on the streets around britland, it is over. the acts are becoming impossible to maintain but forcing state and other companies to maintain the act is destroying everyone. to survive people are inclined to act stupid to survive how nuts it all is.
TerraHertz

Posted: Aug 21 2011, 5:07 AM

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11476 The quick solution for Long Beach photographers, is to carry with them some object of 'obvious esthetic value', and include it in the scenes they photograph.
I suggest a garden gnome. Police should find that sufficiently esthetic.
avatarwayne

Posted: Aug 22 2011, 3:54 PM

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government means control of the mind
terrorist is defined as government by force and coercion
police state is defined as any nation who uses the police or military under threat of coercion to maintain order
dougo

Posted: Aug 23 2011, 7:19 PM

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688 when your own life has little or no meaning,all you have to do is point at someone else blame them for what ever comes to mind, call the govt. ,and wa la, instant hero and legend in your own mind.good luck with that mind set.
Anonymous

Posted: Aug 31 2011, 12:35 AM

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71203 It is AESTHETIC. Not esthetic. If the source you got the info from misspelled it, you should indicate it with a (sic).
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