When military personnel are paid for taking photos, we have the right to sue them
Posted On August 1, 2021
Military service members are often expected to take photos of themselves on military bases and at military installations, and they are usually reimbursed for those photos.
Now a New York City law firm has filed a lawsuit that seeks to force military personnel to pay for their own photo taking.
“Military personnel have a duty to protect the nation from potential harm, and this lawsuit is intended to ensure that military personnel understand that their actions may be subject to a civil suit, including monetary damages,” the law firm said in a statement.
Military service is a requirement for the National Defense Authorization Act, which is set to expire at the end of the year.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a retired Navy pilot who is seeking to get paid for his participation in an Instagram event with an Air Force photojournalist.
The photojournalists told the pilot to take his photos at a base where they could see his troops, and that’s when the photographer was assaulted, the lawsuit says.
The photographer was charged with simple battery and assault.
The complaint claims that the incident occurred after the photojournalism event took place, and the photo journalist did not report it to authorities.
The Air Force said the photo journalists’ lawsuit was “involving a number of individuals,” and it did not comment on the lawsuit.