The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Nick Adams, a former photographer for The Galveston County Daily News has been acquitted of a misdemeanor charge that he interfered with police by refusing to stop taking pictures of an arrest during the city’s Mardi Gras celebration in 2007. Prosecutor April Powell told jurors that Adams stepped within the perimeter officers had established for safety while arresting a man. But defense attorney Anthony Griffin said a digital index from the camera showed that police removed some of Adams’ pictures while he was in custody. He said the images would have shown Adams was outside the perimeter police established.
This is welcomed news as the first amendment rights of photographers are consistently challenged by police over stepping their authority. Houston is no stranger to trampling on photographer’s rights. Back in March, Harris County Commissioners approved a $1.7 million lawsuit settlement for the Ibarra brothers who said their civil rights were violated. During the course of their lawyer’s investigation into the case, racist and pornographic e-mails were found on the work computer of former Harris County DA Chuch Rosenthal. He resigned shortly after the discovery. That’s sweet justice if I’ve ever seen it.