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Amtrak police arrest man for taking photos of trains for Amtrak photography contest

From the strange but true department: The Colbert Report ran this segment yesterday about photographer Duane Kerzic. The story itself is oldish (December 2008) but it basically boils down to this: a photographer was taking photos for Amtrak’s annual “Picture our Trains” photography contest and was arrested by Amtrak police for taking photos of, um, trains.

You can read Duane’s version of events here. Amtrak has been having this contest for several years now. Enter at your own risk.

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  • Those in authority can sometimes get carried away. It appears that at least the photographer had a sense of humor about it all and that was probably the best way to handle this!

  • I gotta say, if I were wrongfully accused of something and handcuffed to a wall for an hour by transit cops that had no idea what the hell they were doing, I’d be getting myself a new D3x, courtesy of Amtrak’s settlement.

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