Ok So i got off work at 1am, walk out of the building and i see firetrucks and a lot of smoke coming from across the street. I run home and get my camera. Im there for a good 30-45min during that time of of the officers comes across the street (im on the other side of the street of the fire) tells me that i can come over with the press and take pictures until someone askes me to leave. I tell him i jsut do this on my own im really just starting out and done want to get in the real professionals way. we talk for a few moments.
Im leaving walking to my car and another officer tells stop so i stop and he started asking me who i am, who i work for. I told him and asked him what am i doing wrong. He tells me that it is very odd to see someone with a camera that is not with any type of press. He asks me do i plan on selling these i tell him i did not know there was a market for non professional photos. So i give him my info.
Now at this time i have a fire marshall or investigator at this time walk up to me with kinda a strong attitude. He is asking what do we have here. Starts saying you know we can take you to jail for interfering with this investigation he says he is not going to do it right now but he is also taking my info and said he is going to pass it around so if i "DO" get in the way then i will be off to jail. If i want to take pictures i need to check in with someone so i dont get in the way. AT this point i am trying to tell him i already talked to an officer and he said i was alright but he did not want to listen and at this point i shut up and let finish what he needs to get out. Last he asked me can i vouch for where i was at and prove what time i got off work. I stated i got computer logs with my log in/out times. The time i badged in and out of my office building with video. Basically his last words where you are hindering my investigation right now because i am having to take time off of speaking to the own of the business that was on fire and having to talk to me
So now my question is was i in the wrong taking pictures for my self, across a 4 lane street and in the parking lot, and not "checking in". Also note that this is also the parking lot where other people are parking/ standing. Yet im the only one with a camera. Yes i do know it is kinda weird that i am there at 1am but i get off at 1am not every one had 9-5 jobs, mine happens to be 4-1am