Doesn't the person that is sick or injured have a right to privacy? Is this videoographer a journalist or a nosy citizen? If she is a legitimate journalist she could ask the supervisor on the scene for some information.If she is not she is not entitled to any information. Again, I ask what about the sick or injured person's right to privacy? If after he is treated he would want to talk it would be up to him.Greg ZottaRepublican Candidate for MO Senate 22
I'm pretty sure someone's recording video from public soil, and the rights of a patient to privacy are two separate topics. If you get sick, injured, or fall over dead in a public place, and someone video's it, that person isn't breaking any laws. You choose to be in public area, you open yourself up to the public. When the officer arrived his job would have been to ensure the camera did not interfere with the medical team, clearly it does not. The harassment is a problem and even small cases of it need to be reported because it builds a case over time. We need the police, but the police do not have the authority to detain, control, or intimidate outside of the rules of law. It's that simple.
I believe she has the right to stand there and video tape unless it hampers the efforts of the emergency personnel. So when she asked what is wrong with the person in the Ambulance they did not have to tell her, but she did have the right to stand there quietly and tape all day if it's on Public Property. If she was breaking any laws, believe me the Policeman would have arrested her in a heartbeat. I deal with this kind of thing when I am taping an event... but my rule of thumb normally is to comply with the requests of the Police as long as I think that my individual rights are not being infringed upon. The thing we have to be careful of is the definition of a journalist. People like myself have no Journalistic training or education and are considered in the class of a "Citizen Journalist". I have Press ID and normally I am afforded the same, if not similar, treatment by Police that they would give a Fox News Reporter or anyone else of the "Main Stream" media. But we have to remember that alot of the reason for the Tea Party coverage is due not to the Mainstream Media, but to Bloggers like myself. So we have to be careful when we are talking about anyone being a "Journalist" or not. Technoloy is helping to force the Main Stream media to adapt to Citizen Journalits and the more we have the better the Country will be. While I may not have done what this Woman did as far as pushing her luck with the Policeman, I don't think she deserved that kind of treatment. It will be interesting to see where this goes since this video is now on Breitbart Tv and is getting National Coverage.
I understand the Obama regime is trying to limit what the public sees with the help of the so-called Main-stream media. The Obama regime is restricting access to the Gulf to reporters as well as flying over the Gulf. Then there was the incident of the Service men and women who chained themselves to the Whitehouse fence protesting Don't Ask Don't tell and the reporters were told to leave the public area and they did. Then there is the buffoon of a press secretary, Gibbs who tries to marginalize reporters that ask tough questions and they let him. I don't understand why they do not press him more on the pertinent questions, or when he stalls or gives evasive answers get up and leave. Probably because they are gutless. However, this lady was crossing the line when she wanted to try to videotape what was going on inside the ambulance. Like I said, what about the person that was sick or injured. What about his right to privacy? She appeared upset when the victim was being shielded by his co-workers. What would she have said if it was her in the ambulance and some stranger was trying to videotape her? Then she questioned why there was another ambulance that responded. Apparently, the first ambulance had mechanical problems because the hood was up. She was on public property and has the right to videotape what was going on outside the ambulance, but they did not have to tell her anything. If the person that was sick or injured wants to reach out to her and tell her what happened that would be up to him.She was asked to leave by the policeman and she didn't. The policeman responded to a call and he was doing the best he could to appease everyone and knew he had nothing to charge the woman with. That is why she was not arrested. I believe in everyone's first amendment rights, unfortunately the MSM is not doing their jobs of being the watchdogs over government. However,I believe she is blowing this out of proportion, making a bigger deal out of it that needs to be. Greg ZottaRepublican Candidate for MO Senate 22
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