This kind of thing specifically scares the crap out of me—not only as a photographer, but as a citizen. Sorry about this, but it's impossible to avoid politics when considering such an issue: the fact is that for a number of years now, directly or indirectly, many Americans have been clamoring for a more authoritarian government. It should surprise no one that they are getting what they want.
My problem, to quote Ctein, is not that they're going to get what they deserve—it's that I'm going to get what they deserve. Four to 15 years in prison for taking a photograph of a police officer, in the United States of America? Shame on us. Really, shame on us.
(Thanks to Peter J. Park, Paul Crouse, Christian Payne, and others)
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