LA Sheriff Harrasses Threatens Photographer

Submitted by: burbclaver 5 years ago in

Guy takes a picture of the subway, get treated like a member of Al Queda. Guantanamo could use a photographer.
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Male 526
your not allowed to photograph bridges, under bridges, subway and train stations. in some countries they can arrest you and take your epuipment away. the cop has a valid concern. of course on the other hand you can easily photograph anything camera`s are tiny. the kid was being a jerk. why was he filming this at the same time?
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Male 4,902
The photographer is a f*cking douche.
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Male 1,471
Come on now, really.. This cop was not being a dick, he was doing his job.. he wasn`t using force, followed procedure (as far as i can tell).. He even went to the trouble of explaining in detail why he was detaining him.. That camera guy was being a dick, and it was entirely his own fault.. In fact, i think he SHOULD be arrested, for being an ass and wasting police resources..
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Male 36
photographer is an ar se. police have a duty. this guy has just wasted a cops time to try to make a point
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Female 57
Stupid guy, stupid pic, stupid cop... Stupid post.
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Male 2,216
who saw the crime here?Anyone?
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Male 81
I`m sorry but this guy is a p*r*i*c*k. He isn`t detained for taking photos, he`s detained for refusing to give a reasonable explination on why he was performing actions that, while not illegal, cause a security concern. The cop was well within his rights to do this & fully explained himself multiple times. Fair enough, the cop shouldn`t have threatened him with FBI hitlist & shouldn`t have tried to bluff him with the Metro rules, but the guy went there to be detained, that was his objective & he acheived by being completely un-cooperative, unjustified & a d*ckhead. I have every sympathy for the police officer & hope he continues to do his job the exact same (if a little more informed). I understand that the police are being heavily critisized due to their actions in OWS, but I would have happily seen this cop arrest this douche for wasting police time.
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Male 30
About the funniest part was where the cop said something like "I have to ask you if you`re taking those pictures for Al-Queda, or are you a member of Al-Queda"...damn you got me!!! Because no one would ever lie to a question like that would they?
Put this cop in a better location and we can end crime as we know it! Just ask everyone "are you a criminal?"....yeash!
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Male 7,378
[quote]Last time I looked, a cop, even a dickhead cop, has the right to ask for your ID and detain you while s/he figures out what you`re up to.[/quote] -------------
I`m not an expert on Canada but wow really? It`s like Nazi Germany there? The cops can detain you for no crime and demand papers? Here in America, if you`re not driving you not required to carry ID. Thats why this post is here. It`s not normal.
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Male 17
The photographer was looking for trouble. All he had to do was show some I.D and say that hes just taking a few pictures. Police can stop and search anybody they like. As he said he has been stopped and detained all over the city, what does he expect if hes like that every time? I support the police officer, Job well done!
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Male 315
Not to say this video is any less despicable but did anyone else catch that this is 2 years old?
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Male 718
im getting very sick of these goddamn cops. and notice he said he was remaining SILENT and they kept trying to get him to talk and admit to stuff? these goddamn cops must not know poo.
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Female 6,381
Okay, the cop was being a dick, but the photog did everything in his power to be uncooperative and stubborn. Last time I looked, a cop, even a dickhead cop, has the right to ask for your ID and detain you while s/he figures out what you`re up to. If this guy had said "just for art`s sake" and "here`s my driver`s license," there would probably have been none of this subsequent nonsense. He was looking for trouble and found it.
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Male 7,378
Meh, I`m about effing fed up with cops who`s badge make it their overriding purpose in life to be a pain in the ass to everyone they please.
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Male 3,431
Meh, I`m about effing fed up with agitators like this that apparently make it their overriding purpose in life to be a pain in the ass to anyone they perceive as an authority.
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Male 787
I agree ollie! That cop needs to be waterboarded for violating that American`s freedoms!
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Male 10,855
@Crakr

Before said laws what the paparazzi were doing was illegal (harassment). They still are, but unfortunately these two party consent laws make it illegal to document police wrongdoing.
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Male 1,540
Thank God that sheriff was there to stop that terrorist from taking a pictures of some hallways. God knows I don`t want Al Queda driving a train in to the White House. Now that they don`t have any pictures of the subway, they`ll have no idea how find the train so they won`t be able to take bombs on to the train.
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Male 249
When you f*k up half of the world, it`s normal that law enforcement officers are that paranoid... In many ways, this cop is right, although he`s being a complete tool in enforcing the law(?) I shoot all the time everywhere i want and never, not once have had any problems with authorithaas
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Male 157
Officer is doing nothing wrong tbh
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Male 15,832
Waterboard the little bitch.
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Male 17,512
They were both being jerks and butted heads. The photographer was being stubborn and the officer was too. Problem is, when two people act stubborn, the one with the most authority wins.

Also, the photographer lied and said he wasn`t taking pictures digitally, when in fact he was, his video camera is most certainly digital and he didn`t tell the officers about it.

California is also a `two party consent` state as well, meaning this photographers video recording was illegal because he didn`t have everyone`s consent to record the video. Yes, I know that law is ignored in LA most of the time, It`s home to TMZ and lots of paparazzi, I`m just saying that if officer Gylfie had found this photographer`s video camera he could`ve been lawfully arrested on the `two party consent` law alone, he got lucky this time.
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Male 2,419
Who would photograph a subway system to bomb it? It`s not like you`re searching every single briefcase entering the subway system. Bomb`s aren`t these massive things that require an over night crew to set up.

"I do not consent to searches."
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Male 1,793
if he was selling them to Al Queda, then he was making jobs for americans... someone has to rebuild the subway....
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Male 721
A couple of years ago, a person was stopped after filming parts of the london underground network… the police detained him, and searched though the footage he took. Turned out he was videoing the positions of the security camera’s and eventually found out to have links to alcaldia.

So next time your stopped for taking pictures, tell them why! drating idiot.
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Male 7,378
@Anzac5665, Must it be fresh to be interesting? Had under 100k hits so not too many people have seen it. I know I hadn`t.
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Male 217
Why would a terrorist take pictures if he had the Hall of Records accessible for a fee.
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Male 30
2009 eh? Good to know we`re on the cutting edge of these things. Is anyone out there getting some good footage of the cops beating peaceful protesters that we can show on I-A-B in 2013?(That being said, that cop was totaly out of line. There was no crime thus no legal reason to detain!..jeeze!!! and people wonder why I don`t respect the police anymore!)
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Male 10,440
btw, I only watched about 2 minutes of this. It was unbearable.
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Male 10,440
[quote] Don`t incite stuff if you don`t want to get burned. [/quote]
That kind of BS rule works in the playground to avoid bullies, not in the real world. The officer takes 100% of the blame here.

You might be thinking "our country is falling apart, soon there will be armageddon". Well not really, it will be more like when the USSR collapsed, yet now there is still a Russia. When this is over, there will still be an America, but it will be really shi*ty.
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Male 1,057
"Post 9/11 you are not allowed to photograph public transportation terminals and the like"

Untrue - citation please?
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Male 241
why did he have a camera already recording beforehand and why wouldn`t he tell him why he was taking the picture? a simple "oh, my hobby is photography" or " i like to catch the rawness of the light against the tiles etc." yes the sheriff is stupid but really photo dude? Don`t incite stuff if you don`t want to get burned.
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Male 6,737
"Take your hands out of your pockets when I`m talking to you"!? What an idiot.

The officer clearly knows he`s made a mistake, he backtracks more times than the average Republican politician.
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Male 5,811
lol @ "terroristic reason". Just how exactly would this officer "investigate" whether he is going to sell pictures to Al Queda or not?
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Male 608
There is probably more to this. Post 9/11 you are not allowed to photograph public transportation terminals and the like. Sure - it seems a bit silly, as the layout and such are really easy to get - but that`s the law.
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Male 878
Link: LA Sheriff Harrasses Threatens Photographer [Rate Link] - Guy takes a picture of the subway, get treated like a member of Al Queda. Guantanamo could use a photographer.
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