Ask a Cop: Can I stop a creep from taking my picture?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I am so upset because I recently just found out from my friends that a guy I went to school with last year has been taking pictures of me with his cell phone over the last few weeks without my permission. There were several photos of me at the parade and fireworks and one at the beach. None of these pictures were indecent, but he has shared them with a few of my friends and it really creeps me out. Can I do something about this or can the police help?

A: This is a tough situation and I first suggest you ask this person to stop. The unfortunate part is there is no expectation of privacy when you are in public. Individuals can take pictures or video in a public setting without any permission as long as they are not indecent. The line gets crossed if they begin using the pictures for wrong or illegal purposes, or it becomes harassing or stalking, then the police can get involved.

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