by ThomM
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This all took place at my local airport over in Albany County, NY.
Seems you always hear about the bad crap cops do all the time.
Well this is about the good they also do at times.

A couple of activist went to the airport to hand out information about the TSA body scanners and what you're rights are with opting out of them.
Doug Myers from the airport tries to throw them out. When they won't leave he calls in the Sheriffs dept.
The video is worth watching
Albany County Deputies protect 1st Amendment rights at Airport - NEWS10 ABC: Albany, New York News, Weather, Sports
ALBANY, N.Y. - A video recording from a group of activists has gone viral showing a disagreement over handing out informational flyers at Albany International Airport.
The video, posted by online activist group, shows two young people attempting to hand out informational flyers on passengers rights to opt-out of TSA scanners, and being stopped by Albany Airport Official Doug Myers in the process. They were told they needed special permission and a one million dollar insurance policy.

Myers called in the Albany County Sheriff's Office for what he thought was going to be help in removing the young male and female from the airport, however when Deputy Stan Lenic arrived he defended the activits' First Amendment rights saying they were not doing anything illegal and could continue to hand out the flyers.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple responded to the actions of the deputy in the video, telling NEWS10 "It's nice to get positive comments, to see on the video that he did what he was trained to do. He was professional, he relayed proper information and he protected their rights. And that's what we are supposed to do."
  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    The Airport representative clearly was not used to be knowing their rights.He thought he could bully into submission.
    I agree it was a nice change of pace to see them stand up for citizens.

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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    The cop and the kids handled that very well. Good to see people actually standing up for their rights.

    Just when you think you've got it all figured out, someone changes the rules.

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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      The cop and the kids handled that very well. Good to see people actually standing up for their rights.
      I hope it will be a type of training video for activists, and cops, but mostly activists.
      The activists where not only well aware of their constitutional rights, but also state law and had contacted the TSA over the video taping. Just as importantly they knew how to present that knowledge in a non offensive way.
      On the news they also had an interview with the Sheriff and the officer. The Sheriff said the officer was able to both protect and serve in that incident. He protected the activists rights and served them by allowing them to continue to hand out their literature.

      The gmo labeling group I've with is talking about going to Albany to talk to our legislators. I think I'm going to suggest to all and our lawyer to watch the video and take notes.
      It's one thing to know the law, it's another to know how to use it.

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