War on Cameras

Corrections Officers Threaten to Arrest News Crew Over Innocuous Footage, Prevent Crew From Complying With Order to Leave

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A news crew from News Channel 13 out of Albany, New York was harassed by a corrections officer while filming a stand-up near a soon-to-be-abandoned prison in Wilton. The officer told them they couldn't film near the prison without permission from the state government. The news crew was actually okay with this and willing to comply. Reporter Mark Mulholland told the corrections officer the crew was going to relocate to a nearby public historical site, Grant's Cottage, where Ulysses S. Grant died.

That's where things turned South. At the beginning of the encounter the officer told the cameraman not to film him but the cameraman, knowing his law, continued to film the officer and his interaction with Mulholland. The footage (watch below) shows that the corrections officer was opposed to Mullholland filming at the public historical site—a location that was open at the time, that tourists were visiting, and in which the news crew had filmed yesterday.

Mulholland pushed back as the corrections officer exceeded his authority by trying to prohibit that as well and remove them from the entire mountain. The footage shows the correctional officer also display an unprofessional and embarrassing attitude for a law enforcement official. After the news crew departed for Grant's College, another corrections officer blocked the road—allowing other cars through but not the news crew. Then corrections officers called state police and tried to confiscate the news crew's video because it contained footage of an abandoned prison, threatening the crew with arrest. Executives from the news station had to call state officials to resolve the situation.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) released a statement to the station regretting the escalation but avoiding responsibility:

"We regret that this situation escalated, however the WNYT news crew blatantly disregarded a state officer who informed them they were trespassing. Department regulations state that photographs taken while on Prison property require prior permission. This policy is for the safety of all staff, visitors and prisoners."

News Channel 13 notes there haven't been any prisoners at the soon-to-be abandoned prison in several months. The footage, which you can watch as part of the segment below, appears to contradict the rest of the DOC's narrative:

h/t Adam P.

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36 responses to “Corrections Officers Threaten to Arrest News Crew Over Innocuous Footage, Prevent Crew From Complying With Order to Leave

  1. Hard to believe this happened in New York state, of all places. What next – a ban on gun magazines holding more than 7 rounds?

    1. and the good deed from the officer last week gets nullified.

      2014 Score:
      Good cops 1
      Bad cops 32,000

    2. This particular individual proceeded to use words that were a little confusing. I began to feel threatened by the particular individuals presence and my utter confusion.

      So I tazed his ass and then kicked him in the face, what?

  2. Department regulations state that photographs taken while on Prison property require prior permission.

    Since New York State is a giant prison, doesn’t that mean all photographers everywhere in the state are in trouble?

    1. The corrections officer treated the reporter like any other inmate.

      However, the other COs involved understood the necessity of special treatment for this particular inmate since he was going to broadcast the story. The last thing a CO wants is for the inmates to get all riled up.

      It wouldn’t have ended this way if this involved an ordinary NY inmate. Here’s a helpful DHS handout for what inmates should do in such situations.

      Stop, Drop, and Cower

  3. “We regret that this situation escalated, however the WNYT news crew blatantly disregarded a state officer who informed them they were trespassing. Department regulations state that photographs taken while on Prison property require prior permission. This policy is for the safety of all staff, visitors and prisoners.”

    Procedures were followed.

    Situations escalated.

    Jesus wept.

    1. “This policy is for the safety of all staff, visitors and prisoners.”

      Theeeeeeeeeeeeere we go…

      1. He forgot to mention the children. WTF?

    2. “We regret the abuse of power exercised by this official, who did not have the legal authority to act as he did.”

      1. HAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

        GOOD one, ProL!

        1. I was watching the news in the alternative universe where the U.S. is a constitutional republic.

      2. “Everything the officer did is justified because the news crew failed to obey.”

        1. Basically.

  4. INcorrectional officer, amiright?

  5. The footage, which you can watch as part of the segment below, appears to contradict the rest of the DOC’s narrative

    What are you going to believe, the official record or some stupid video?

  6. Remember when this sort of thing only happened in Eastern Bloc countries.

    1. Somewhere in Eastern Europe a father is telling his son about this, using it as a basis to explain how lucky he is to live in the country he lives in.

      1. I remember going to the movies and watching the summer block buster about defeating communism.
        I was 8 and I knew this shit was bad news.
        We have an entire population of grown-ups with college educations who think capitalism causes poverty.

        Idiocracy is upon us.

  7. however the WNYT news crew blatantly disregarded a state officer

    Those nosy fucking plebs are lucky to be alive.

    1. Which of course is a lie since the crew was happy to leave the abandoned prison and relocate.

  8. Department regulations state that photographs taken while on Prison property require prior permission.

    That’s nice, but I’m not part of your department. Do you have time to fuck off, now?

  9. The footage shows the correctional officer also display what used to be an unprofessional and embarrassing attitude for a law enforcement official.

    Fixed.

  10. In order to protect the privacy of mental patients Louisiana does not allow photography on the grounds of it’s mental hospitals. If the hospital no longer had any patients I don’t think that ban would be enforceable, nor would anyone be interested in enforcing it, any longer.

    Since criminal records and court transcripts are public record, the same ban does not apply to prisons.

    I doubt New York is much different. In any case, this prison had no prisoners. Sue the balls off of these guys. No cop anywhere in the country has any excuse for believing they can arrest anyone for taking photos.

    1. No cop anywhere in the country has any excuse for believing they can arrest anyone for taking photos.

      Yeah they do. The fact that nothing else will happen. That’s excuse enough.

      1. You can beat the rap but you can’t beat the ride.

  11. What we have here, is a failure to communicate…

  12. Do you think that this fuckwit’s boss took him aside and said, “Look Joe, we are gonna cover for you in public. Issue the usual procedures were followed press release, etc., but for fuck’s sake you have to think before you do stupid shit like this in the future! What were you thinking?”

    I’m really hope that someone at least cares enough about not looking bad in public to privately reprimand this guy, but I fear that I am in for a Cleveland Brown Pallbearer (CBP) moment.

    1. If his boss had done that than one phone call from the asshole to his union rep would have the boss under investigation. Fuck these assholes and their unions.

      1. Well said. Not only does his boss not say this, his boss is willing to testify that none of this happened and the judge will exonerate him on the grounds that police work is a gray area and they usually have the right to beat you.

  13. My experience is that the majority of COs cannot be depended on to keep two thoughts in their head simultaneously. I worked for the FLDOC for three years and have been engaged with a major county jail as well.

  14. You can always spot the assholes by how they stand. Arms out, bowed up to make themselves look bigger, permanent scowl on their face, “respect mah authoritay!” attitude. This fucktard prison guard has all the hallmarks of a retarded roided up baboon about to go into full berzerker mode. Probably the only reason he didn’t is because the cameraman continued filming.

    1. Looks like he’s unarmed, which he’s also probably mad about.

      I bet guys like corrections officers and school cops and the like, who aren’t given guns and aren’t “real” cops, have the biggest chips on their shoulders. They only have a tiny taste of the power that cops have, and like a little kid playing in his fenced-in yard, he’s jealous and angry when he sees the bigger kids playing wherever they want. So naturally when someone sets foot in their little fiefdom, they puff up and become belligerent like this guy.

  15. Well, it’s not like he’s an elite LEO belonging to the NYPD, or the Gov’s Security Detail. What can you expect from a prison screw?

  16. Because OBEY, DAMMIT!

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