Deputy harasses photographer for taking photos

From blogging.la:

Photographer “discarted” whom I have at least heard of, had a really unfortunate run in with an L.A County Sheriff on the Red Line. Watch the video and try to hold your lunch down. The Sheriff quickly jumps from civility to hostility and accuses the photographer of being a terrorist and stops short accuses him of being an Al Qaeda operative out to blow up the L.A. Subway system. Next thing we know the dude is cuffed and carted away. For taking pictures.

13 Comments

  1. Quit picking on the cops! Just because there are a few bad apples trampling our rights, shooting people in Oakland and then denying it, blowing away commuters by mistaking a handgun for a taser, pepper spraying peaceful protesters (including swabbing eyes directly with pepper spray), and beating motorists to death with alarmimg regularity doesn’t mean they are all bad.

  2. I cannot see this as harassment at all. Imagining myself in the same situation where I live, I wouldn’t have had any problems with giving up why I was taking pictures or what they were for. If the site is deemed a potential terrorist target, the officer has probably been instructed to report on such activities, and I would have felt obligated to help him do his duties.

    Though, here in Norway, the public generally has great confidence and trust in the police, and cooperation on such minor details of information would almost never be a problem. I don’t know if the relationship is more tense in the US.

    1. Usually they aren’t, but this guy was clearly doing this just to make a point (he even said he’s an advocate for photographer’s rights). He probably waited until the cop was in his view before taking pictures to be sure there would be an altercation. Here in the states there have been several cases of people actually being arrested for filming police officers in action in non-“terrorist target” areas, even though there is no law on the books against it (usually they are released and charges are dropped). Supposedly there are bills before Congress pushing to actually make it illegal (which I think is ridiculous). This guy is likely wanting to get arrested so he can fight it in court and bring publicity to the cause. And as you said, in this case, the cop was doing his job.

      According to the caption for this video, a guy is facing up to 16 years under the guise of “illegal wiretapping” for posting a video of his arrest. Nothing in the video happens until about 3 minutes in.

      If you Google “arrested for filming cops” you’ll find many stories of this happening.

  3. The main problem is this Cop does not know the law, and he doesn’t understand his job. If it is illegal to take photos, there should be signs posted to alert the public. However, it is not illegal, so there is no reason for inquiry. This is what you would expect from an Officer who was promoted all the way up to Subway Patrol.

  4. This is so idiotic. As if Al Quida doesn’t know how to take pictures secretly? All a terrorist would have to do is use a f-ing cell phone and no one would have noticed. As if a cop would be able to determine if someone is a terrorist by questioning them. What are they going to do, waterboard him?

  5. Move along (or else).
    Am I being detained?
    Am I free to go?
    No other conversation without lawyer present.
    Heaven help you if you have your dog near you.
    Yes “heaven” you anti jesus freaks.

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