Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Crystal Brignoni tells Attorney Norm Kent (center) and several South Florida photographers to move back from a blocked off section of Moffat Ave just north of Southwest Second Street in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, June 17, 2011. The area is blocked off because the new Tom Cruise movie, Rock of Ages, is filming there. Kent, publisher of the South Florida Gay News, along with the South Florida Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists filed a suit against the city of Fort Lauderdale. Their complaint is that Fort Lauderdale police told at least two professional photographers they cannot shoot from public areas near the Rock of Ages production. The SPJ organized a "lunch-in" where South Florida photographers ate at Tarpoon Bend and then gathered on the street corners bordering the film production. They took pictures of themselves and police officers with professional SLR cameras, smart phones and video cameras. No one was arrested but Kent and a few other outspoken photographers demanded Officer Brignoni tell them what line they could not cross. The photographers' commotion caught the eye of many pedestrians and restaurant diners, many of whom didn't even realize a movie with a super star like Tom Cruise was around.
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