May 3, 2014
Photographing and videotaping anything in public view—including federal buildings and the police—is legal in NYC as long as the documentation does not impede any law enforcement activity.
Nevertheless, plenty of people—including journalists—continue to be arrested and harassed by camera-shy NYPD officers.
Will Paybarah, a 24-year-old Brooklyn resident, says this is exactly what happened to him in late March, when he was stopped for running a red light on his bike and then arrested for trying to videotape the officer with his cellphone. “When I tried to record my interaction with the officer I was arrested… in 10 seconds flat,” he told us.