Citizen fined for posting picture of police car parked in handicapped spot

Hopefully, laws like this one in Spain will never be enacted in the U.S.  Recently, the country enacted Citizens Security Law.  The law says that it’s there to prohibit “the unauthorized use of images of police officers that might jeopardize their or their family’s safety or that of protected facilities or police operations.”  However, tt actually appears like a bit of a misnomer because it has been applied to punish a woman who took a picture of a police car.

The woman was in Petrer in Alicante, in southeast Spain, when she came across a police vehicle parked in a handicapped space.  She took a picture of it and posted it to her Facebook account, along with the comment, “Park where you bloody well please and you won’t even be fined.”

Within 48 hours, had found out about the post, tracked the woman down and fined her €800 ($899 US). The police defended the officer being in the spot because they were called to deal with an issue of vandalism in the park and were trying to catch the culprit(s) in the act.

When asked about how this pictured jeopardized police safety, a spokesperson said that it had “impugned” the honor of the officers.  He went on to say that, basically, they enacted the fine because they have the legal right to do so.

Again, I hope that no such law makes its way to other countries.

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