Journalists and those who are doing the work that kind of looks like journalism have been under assault for photographic police officers. From Occupy movements to routine arrests, police have been pressuring photographers all over the country. Now, as one such case comes to trial in Baltimore, the Justice Department is warning Baltimore cops that they have no right to destroy photographic files and they cannot be harder on journalists than everybody else. In general, the guidelines say, cops should give journalists access to what anybody can see in a public place.
See the DOJ order here.
See an extensive story from CJR here.
Since September 2011, more than 70 people have been arrested while covering the Occupy protests. Here is a Storify collection on those cases.