Having heard that Phoenix has been coming down hard on folks for the "crime" of photographing in public places, The Northern Muckraker went to take a look. The Photography is Not a Crime blog has a partial transcript:
Hester: I'm free to go, correct?
Guard 1: Not yet.
Hester: Am I being detained?
Guard 1: Are you videotaping my building?
Hester: Am I free to leave?
Guard 1: You're are free to leave, go "¦ but if I catch you videotaping the building again you will be arrested by the Phoenix Police Department.
Hester: On what charge, sir?
Guard 1: On charge of "¦ we'll talk to the Phoenix Police Department about it.
Guard 2: You're not supposed to videotape any federal court building.
Hester: What law?
Guard 2: National Security Act.
Guard 1: Oklahoma City, that's why.
Guard 2: It all comes down to Homeland Security and all that.
Guard 1: If you want to talk to our Homeland Security people, we can arrange that right now and we will detain you.
He further observes that the National Security Act, passed in 1947, does not seem to have any mention of video recording.
Update: Apparently, according to an official Houston PD statement, photographing and taping a police officer is sufficient probably cause for being charged with "assault on a police officer."
Mr. Haven admitted to verbally disagreeing with Officer Dickerson. He also admitted to photographing the police vehicle and Officer Dickerson, and taping their conversation. Under these circumstances, it is not unreasonable for Officer Dickerson to have believed that Mr. Haven's relevant actions, taken as a whole, constituted more than "speech only" [and therefore constituted sufficient probable cause for arrest]