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No Photo Ban in Subways, Yet an Arrest
source: New York Times

The second was for disorderly conduct, which consisted of addressing the officers in an "unreasonable voice."

And the third was for "impeding traffic" -- on a platform that is about 10,000 square feet. "I don't know if you can impede traffic with 15 people per hour coming on the station," Mr. Taylor said.

LAST year, the city settled a lawsuit with a medical student who was using his vacation to photograph every subway stop. He got through five before an officer handcuffed him and detained him for about 20 minutes. With legal fees, the cost to the city was $31,501 -- more than $1,500 a minute.

In the case of Mr. Taylor, the "officers misinterpreted the rules concerning photography," said Paul J. Browne, the Police Department's chief spokesman. "The Transit Adjudication Board is being notified that summons was issued in error, resulting in its dismissal."

However, the police will press on with charges of impeding traffic and unreasonable noise, Mr. Browne said.

For his part, Mr. Taylor said he was late meeting his girlfriend: "It wasn't a pleasant sight. I said, 'I'll make it up to you.' What else could I say?"

Thanks to the police, they might end up with more than a nice dinner or two - at taxpayer expense.

For a story on another recent photography-related arrest visit$4787.