NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher was asked by the New York State Attorney General office to testify during public hearings regarding Police and Public Interactions During Protests. The livestream may be viewed here.
Osterreicher's written testimony was submitted and the PDF can be read here.
NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher took part in a panel discussion, Police & The Press, with Eric P. Daigle, J.D., specializes in Civil Rights litigation and Law Enforcement Operations Consultant and Chief David Downing (retired as a Chief Master Sergeant with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations) is the Manager of Corporate Investigations for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. They covered the following:
- Does your agency have a Crowd Control and Crowd Management Policy and does that policy include language clarifying the rights of the press to observe, photograph and record officers performing their official duties in a public place?
- Has your agency provided training regarding those First Amendment rights as set forth in your policies?
- Do your supervisors understand the process of allowing the press to record Law Enforcement action?
- What is the “clearly established” law on the issue of recording police operations?
- What does the law say about who is a journalist and what are the best practices for making that determination and identifying the press?
The recorded hour-long webinar is here.