Today I was suppose to meet up with one of the photo groups in the area to go take pics down at Dallas Farmers Market at 8:30AM. I over slept and missed it so what follows below is based on what was posted in the groups discussion.
The group was probably less then 20 went to go shoot down there. At some point during the outing someone from Dallas PD showed up and started telling people that amateur photographers need a commercial permit or they will give out criminal trespass citations. Now the Dallas Farmers Market has this http://www.dallasfarmersmarket.org/aboutUs_filmPhotography.html posted on there website stating that they allow photos to be taken.
To my understanding the vendors didn't have a problem with pics being taken but the security company at the place may of had an issue and is probably the ones that called the police. My question is how do you'll handle situations involving the police. I don't know if the cop was told that the website states photos are allowed but for the sake of argument let's assume that he was. If the cop is adamant that you need a commercial permit for personal photography do yo have any other choice but to pack up or face citation?