So, there was a report of a missing 9-year-old girl that happened a few blocks away from where I live, and it unfortunately ended with them finding the little girl murdered in a dumpster behind her apartment building. I got there with the intention to photograph the heroic search efforts of all the rescue workers involved before anyone knew that she had been killed. This is a small town, and murders just dont happen here, so I had thought it would turn out to be nothing more than a child that wondered off to a friends house and lost track of time and would eventually turn up safe and sound; unfortunately, that was not the case and heard the terrible news after I was wrapping up taking photos of the scene.
I got there with my camera equipment and was outside of the taped off area taking photos without issue until I decided to walk around the area to a street that was closer to get a better vantage point which was still outside of the taped off area. As soon as I got there and prepared to take some photos, one of the fire police yells from a distance, "no photos". I simply replied back that I am on public property. Several other fire police begin to gather around at this point all very rudely stating that I can not be here taking photos and I have to leave immediately. I kept as calm as I could trying to assert my rights stating that I am on a public sidewalk, not in the way of anyone, and therefore have every right to take photos.
One of the fire police proceeds to get a police officer to come over and the officer asks me who I'm affiliated with, and I informed him that I am a freelance photographer. He proceeds to tell me I need to leave as well and that I can't take photos. Again, I, as calmly as possible, try to assert that I have the right to photograph in public and on public property. Several minutes of this exchange go on until I decide that it's not worth getting arrested over, and walk back to my original position.
In conclusion, I used to be a firefighter for that fire company that the fire police in question are from, and I was forced to resign due to some issues through no fault of my own. Because of this, there's a bit of "bad blood" against me and they have it out for me wherever they see me. I feel this was the case in this incident because I later found out after watching the news that the more mainstream news media were able to get quite a bit closer to the scene than I was without issue.