Avi Adelman is on a crusade to squash DART's No-Pictures policy, and it's (sort of) working

By Eric Nicholson / Dallas Observer / Unfair Park

Moving away from Lower Greenville last summer, longtime neighborhood activist Avi Adelman could have turned over a new leaf. The camera he used to shove in the faces of drunk teenagers and public urinators could have been stowed in his closet. He could have quietly pulled the plug on Barkingdogs.org and traded the life of a semi-professional activist/troll for one of monk-like solitude on the leafy streets of Junius Heights.

He didn't. Adelman isn't really cut out for serene contemplation. And though his new digs are far from the strip of bars and restaurants dedicated himself to patrolling, the move has given him the freedom to lock on to other targets. Like Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

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Nat'l Press Photographers Assn. replies to Dallas Police Assn's 'no right to photograph cops' demand

DPD Chief Brown affirms public's right to photograph and record

Last week, the president of the Dallas Police Association told CBS DFW he did not think the public had a right to photograph officers working on the street.

This quote - and the story - went viral, for good reason...

Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston wants citizens to stop taping because he worries someone will get hurt. “It’s creating a major officer safety issue,” he said. “We don’t know who it is pulling behind us. We don’t know they’re there to videotape, they might be part of… if that guy has has just done a kidnapping they could be part of the kidnapping. You don’t know.”

Early Monday morning, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, sent a letter to DPD Chief David Brown, stating:

Such ill-informed statements only underscore the apparent lack of understanding or respect by those officers who still have the erroneous belief that they can order people to stop taking pictures or recording in public. Interference and in some cases arrests stemming from those actions have led to a number of court cases resulting in: six-figure settlements, new policies and procedures and sometimes serious disciplinary actions against the officers involved.

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Dallas police officers warned about civilian camera encounters

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas police are putting out a warning to some of their own people. Members of the DPD staff are being told about an officer’s encounter with a woman who was following him with a video camera. The woman, like so many others, is part of a movement to keep an eye the police.

Now some officers say the tactics of those shooting video could put lives in jeopardy.

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More abuse allegations emerge against Dallas County Judge Carlos Cortez

By MATTHEW WATKINS and BROOKS EGERTON, Dallas Morning News Staff Writers, Updated: 16 February 2014 02:47 AM

Judge Carlos Cortez’s ex-girlfriend says he abused her throughout an “off and on” relationship that lasted 13 months, not just in the December incident that led to his arrest.

Maggie Strother, 26, makes the claim in a sworn statement that seeks to extend an order protecting her from the Dallas County civil court judge.

“Carlos repeatedly warned me that disclosing his abuse and threats would not be heard because of his status and position,” she says in the affidavit. “I am embarrassed that I allowed the abuse to continue and fearful that my life is in danger now that I have reported his abuse.”

Cortez, 44, was arrested Dec. 28 and is charged with felony assault. A Dallas police report says he choked the Collin County woman, leaned her over the edge of his 20th-floor balcony and threatened to kill her.

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