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February 5, 2008

MTA cop tries to stop videographer at Atlantic Yards site

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This past Sunday in Brooklyn was unusually warm. It was a nice day to go out and shoot some video, unless your camera was pointed at the Vanderbilt Yards.

Videographer Katherin McInnis teaches video and photography in San Francisco and is visiting Brooklyn on sabbatical. She told Norman Oder of her encounter with an MTA officer (Video still by Katnerin McInnis).

He attempted to confiscate her camera, questioned whether she was part of an anti-AY organization, and more than once reminded her that the project was proceeding, according to her account.

McInnis plans to file a complaint. Meanwhile, Oder is trying to get the MTA's side of the story.

I called the MTA public affairs office early yesterday afternoon and outlined the incident, as recounted by McInnis, named the officer, asked if there was an incident report, and asked for the MTA policy. I didn't get a response by the end of day, but when one is forthcoming, I’ll add it.


NoLandGrab: In case the MTA doesn't get around to it, NoLandGrab sends a hearty "Welcome to Brooklyn and Prospect Heights" to Katherin McInnis. Also, thanks for helping to remind us camera bugs of our rights.

Posted by steve at February 5, 2008 5:30 AM