Wednesday, March 30, 2016

American Civil Liberties Union, Hawaii agree on aircraft photography dispute; lawsuit avoided

HONOLULU — The American Civil Liberties Union says it won’t sue the state of Hawaii after officials agreed to stop citing people for taking photos from a sidewalk near the Honolulu International Airport.

The ACLU of Hawaii said Tuesday the agreement reached with the state attorney general’s office affirms the First Amendment right to take photographs in public.

The dispute stems from a state sheriff citing an amateur photographer for photographing airplanes along Lagoon Drive without a permit.

The ACLU says the attorney general’s office is ensuring state sheriffs are aware of the right to public photography. Hawaii Administrative Rules are being amended to clarify that photography in public spaces doesn’t require a permit.

Attorney General Doug Chin says his office acted promptly to correct the issue.

Original article can be found here: http://www.bcdemocrat.com

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