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Is this photo illegal?

August 8, 2007

City-County BuildingShould it be against the law to photograph the City-County Building? Some in Indianapolis law enforcement think so. The IBJ photographer was told today that taking pictures of the building is a violation of federal law. Officers asked to see his pictures of the farmer's market, which had the City-County Building in the background. And it's not the first time police here have hassled a photographer. In another case, a visitor was here for the F-1 race and stopped to photograph an art exhibit outside the City-County Building. A city spokeswoman said a Homeland Security rule bans pictures of federal buildings and that the City-County Building applies since the mayor's office is there. A final note: I pulled this photo from the city's own Web site.
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