PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT A CRIME: NYPD issues "stern" memo reminding officers that they can't simply arrest people for photographing cops.
Of course in a culture, such as that of the New York Police Department, where lawless behavior by officers is treated with kid gloves, this is just window dressing for the rubes. As long as officers have union protection and tort immunity, lawlessness will reign. A real solution for gratuitous violation of civil rights by the police would be to abolish their immunity. Force individual officers to carry insurance or a bond, paid from their own salaries. By all means give the officers a raise to cover premium expense, but if an officer faces too many claims or judgments, a responsible, objective third party (the insurance company) can revoke his badge by cancelling tort coverage.