While photographing or taking video footage of a federal building may make those around you nervous, it won’t land you in jail, according to a court settlement reached in October.
The issue went to court after Antonio Musumeci of New Jersey was arrested by a Federal Protective Service officer last year for videotaping in a public plaza outside the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Courthouse in New York. Musumeci sued the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Protective Service agents who guard federal buildings.
New federal regulations address the issue of photographing federal buildings. Read the guidelines here.