So I was walking home last night and there was a road block (for drink driving possibly?) set up with several patrol cars and bikes. At a junction about 50m away I passed two police officers who appeared to be detaining a young guy for taking some photos.
I managed to catch a few phrases like "delete the photos that you took" and "interference in our operation" before I crossed the junction and was out of earshot. I'm not sure what he actually did, or what happened to him in the end, but this led me to wonder about our rights as photographers. There's quite a bit of hype about IP laws protecting original content, but there's only scant info on the related issue of where/when/what we can take photos of.
I have read accounts here on how ppl were stopped from taking photos in MRT stations, and I understand that is the policy adopted inside some public buildings too. There was also a recent incident in the UK regarding this issue (link below).
I'm pretty interested in street photography, and this somehow doesn't seem right (pun intended), like in what way is this interfering, and can the police or say security guards demand that someone delete photos? Again, I stress that I didn't see what he actually did or took photos of.
Any one has any experiences to share or comments to make? Anyone working in some sort of law enforcement role who care to enlighten us? Thanks.