NEWARK, Del. (AP)- Newark officials are reminding town police that they cannot stop people from photographing trains unless they believe criminal activity is involved.
A memo from the city solicitor's office was prompted by a recent incident in which police approached local railroad buff Daniel Dedinas as he was waiting to photograph a locomotive and asked for identification. Dedinas gave his name and address but refused to turn over his driver's license or other identification. Police then told him he could not photograph the train until they confirmed his identity.
The American Civil Liberties Union subsequently filed a complaint, saying the First Amendment protects people's right to photograph activities taking place in public.
The city agreed, reminding officers that they cannot stop and question individuals simply for having photograph equipment near railroad property.