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Charges filed against Photographer for flying over feedlot

Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang

(AP) — A National Geographic freelance photographer who paraglided over a western Kansas feedlot faces a criminal trespassing charge.

George Steinmetz

George Steinmetz

Photographer George Steinmetz, of Glenn Ridge, N.J., and paragliding instructor Wei Zhang, of Beijing, China, were charged Thursday.

They were arrested June 28 and released on bond.

Steinmetz was working on a series about food that will be published in early 2014.

Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier said in a statement that the charges have nothing to do with the right to airspace or to take pictures. She says the charges are focused on the right of landowners to control their property.

National Geographic spokeswoman Beth Foster said recently the organization does not believe Steinmetz broke any laws.

Richmeier didn’t know whether the men have attorneys.

 

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  • …………..

    Guess that means google earth is in a lot of trouble

  • chris

    hell yeah hope this sticks

  • Ruserious

    So if I take a comercial flight over, lets say, New York City and I take a pick of a building. I can be arrested? This is trumped charge by the feedlot owners and the county trying to keep the “less than desirable” actions taken by these feed lots with their cattle. These charges will be dismissed.

    • Did you read the article?

      “Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier said in a statement that the charges have nothing to do with the right to airspace or to take pictures. She says the charges are focused on the right of landowners to control their property.”

      They were arrested and charged for the trespassing, not the pictures. I am certain had they not been trespassing when they launched, there would have been some other charge per the ag-gag, but that is not the case here.

      • Ruserious

        Yes I did. Hence my comment above. “Control” their property? Wtf does that even mean? Somehow things flying above it causes u to loose control? Makes no sense to me. I have a eagle med copter fly RIGHT OVER my house AT VERY LOW ALTITUDE almost daily. Can I press Charges? Like I said. The charges are trumped up. BS county attorney over stepping the law.

  • Really?

    Didn’t know we had an Ag-Gag law in Kansas, does that make them Terrorists?

  • A

    So when your in the air what is defined as tresspassing?

  • Seriously

    Can you people not read? It has nothing to do with air space or the fact they were taking pictures. It has to do with them going on to people’s property to take off/land on private property. I think they should be charged if they did not have permission to be on private property.

    • A

      Yeah but they were not on the property they were above it

    • A

      OK, i read more about it on fox. I now see what the issue is. I didnt realize they launched the paraglider from private property