NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal judge this week threw out a New York City transit system rule that allowed police officers to demand identification documents from anyone riding the subway.
The ruling came following a lawsuit filed by two vintage train aficionados, who were stopped by police while taking photographs at the Broad Channel subway station in Queens.
In the Aug. 21, 2010 incident, Steve Barry, the editor of Railfan & Railroad Magazine, and his friend Michael Burkhart, were told by police that taking photographs in the subway system is forbidden – which is not true, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Barry asked the officer to cite the city statute the men were violating, but instead, the officer demanded identification from both men, the NYCLU said. Barry gave his name and address, but did not give the officer any ID.