Whether you’re using a smartphone or a DSLR, documenting a protest with photos and video can be an important part of telling the story of what happened and when. But those photos can also be used to harm you or your fellow protesters. … You should not take photos at a protest for likes, follows, or social media clout.
Is it dangerous to post pictures of protesters?
Even so, publishing a photo in which a Black Lives Matter protester’s face is visible and identifiable could potentially put protesters at risk for future criminal charges if the photograph is used as evidence; consider how Crawford was charged for assault following the tear gas incident.
Do I have the right to photograph or videotape during protests?
I want to take pictures or shoot video at a protest
When you are lawfully present in any public space, you have the right to photograph anything in plain view, including federal buildings and the police. (On private property, the owner may set rules about photography or video.)
Is it illegal to photograph a protest?
No matter who you are you have the First Amendment right to:
Peacefully assemble and protest in public spaces and photograph and videotape the police or anything else in a public space.
Should you record at protests?
A general rule of thumb, according to civil rights activists, is to avoid videotaping peaceful protesters—that could make innocent people targets down the line. However, if you are documenting what you consider to be police misconduct, or violence by civilians, you want to make it easy to identify the perpetrators.
What rights do photographers have?
Taking photographs and video of things that are plainly visible in public spaces is a constitutional right—and that includes transportation facilities, the outside of federal buildings, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties.
Do you need permission to hold a protest?
If you want to organise a stationary demonstration:
Some groups choose to tell the police in advance so that if the police do attend, their presence is not a surprise. Others choose not to, as protesting is a right which does not require police permission.
How do you cover a protest?
Do not stand in between protestors and law enforcement. Scope out exit routes ahead of time. Try to film from a high vantage point, above the crowd. Stay behind or to the side of anyone shooting rubber bullets or other “non lethal” projectiles.