When a photo is taken at a shooting in California, the person or people who took it may not know the person whose name appears on it, according to federal law.
They may not even know who the person photographed is.
It is legal to photograph someone without their permission, even when it is unclear whether the person is the shooter or a bystander, said Jessica H. Collins, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, who has written extensively on the shooting.
In California, that means that the person who takes a photo can’t be identified.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my professional life,” said Susan R. Lichtman, an associate professor of law at the University of California at Los Angeles.
The person who is photographed may be identified only by their name and photo, or by a photograph that appears to show them with a gun, which is illegal.
The shooter and anyone who was with him were shot to death in a rampage that has sparked national outrage and national debate about gun control.
It has also sparked intense debates about whether the gunman had access to guns, whether he had mental health problems, and whether the shooting was a hate crime.
In the days after the shooting, people who knew the gunman have said they did not know he was mentally unstable.
Collins said that the law protects the rights of people who are unable to identify the shooters, but said that this law does not necessarily protect those who are photographed without their knowledge.
“It’s a slippery slope,” she said.
The shooting in Calaveras High School was captured by a bystandery photographer who was working at the school on a recent assignment.
The photo was taken about five minutes before the shooting and was not intended to identify anyone, the photographer, Alex Soto, said in an interview.
Soto said that he was a little nervous about what he was doing when he took the photo.
“There’s a lot of questions I want to ask about the photographer,” he said.
“Why was he there?
Why was he working at that time?
Why didn’t anyone call the police?
He said he was at school because he wanted to get a quick picture of the principal.
The gunman did not get into a school building.
The California Department of Public Health, which oversees public schools in the state, released a statement Wednesday saying that it “does not endorse or encourage the use of any type of photography.”
But the statement did not address whether the agency would prosecute those who took the photos.
“If there is a need for additional information, we will work with law enforcement agencies to collect and analyze all available information, including the information captured by the photo, to understand what actions are appropriate to take as a response to this shooting,” the statement said.
On Friday, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading the investigation into the shooting that led to the arrest of the gunman, said that no criminal charges would be filed.
“The California Department is committed to holding responsible anyone who takes an unlawful photo, regardless of whether it is taken by a law-abiding citizen, a professional photographer or a member of the public,” Becerras statement said, referring to the law that makes it illegal to take a photograph without the consent of the person in the photograph.
“We will do this in a manner that will allow the facts to be fully developed.” “
But others questioned whether the law is the best solution for solving a case that has shaken the community. “
We will do this in a manner that will allow the facts to be fully developed.”
But others questioned whether the law is the best solution for solving a case that has shaken the community.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Becerres former chief of staff, Brian S. Smith, said the law was an overreaction.
“That’s not a good idea,” Smith said.
He said the problem was not that the photographer did not have the right to take the photo and that he took it anyway.
“People can’t understand that a photojournalist is going to be able to get away with taking a picture without a gun,” he added.
The California Legislature last year approved a law requiring that the public learn about and to obtain permission from people who want to use photos in public places. “
And so if you want to take photos, you have to make it look legit.”
The California Legislature last year approved a law requiring that the public learn about and to obtain permission from people who want to use photos in public places.
The law, known as the Public Records Act, was intended to help educate and promote the use and protection of photos in a public space.
It also called for more research and education on how to protect the privacy of people and private information.
The Associated Press reported that it is not clear whether the state will enforce the law.
The AP spoke to three people who said they were