This video needs to go viral and L.A. County Sheriff officer involved needs to be fired

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.

Devils advocate for a moment.  When I’ve been asked what I’m doing with a camera I explain its personal use, artistic use and am usually left alone.  Maybe if he answered the same this would not have escalated the way it had?  Regardless of what he could have done differently CrimeScene blog reports the ACLU is involved and suing L.A. County Sheriff over this.

The core of “discarteds” innocence lies in the “Photographers Bill of Rights“.  I carry a copy in my camera bag just in case.

9 Replies to “This video needs to go viral and L.A. County Sheriff officer involved needs to be fired”

  1. I am glad he had his video camera on. Not that this doesn’t happen but many times these incidents are not video taped or people do not come forward. The sad part is the blatant lies the police/sheriffs/etc can say and ruin peoples lives, like in this incident where officer Gylfie wanted to submit discarted’s name to the FBI list. I hope it goes viral too.

  2. If anyone is shocked by this officer’s actions you have no clue how common this is. You think they (cops) are going to be respectful law abiding citizens but instead they become the terrorist

  3. WOW!!! This cop is the biggest idiot and obviously on a power trip. How the hell could the cop investigate if he’s involved with al qaeda. I’m happy for this guy capturing all this on film because cops are getting away with WAY too much of this crap.

  4. Two people got off on the wrong foot. The photographer appeared to enjoy playing the, “I know my rights” card very quickly. You know the type – ‘me against the man’. Mouthy little know-it-all gits. Had he responded with a little less douchery, he may have avoided a situation. The cop on the other hand, was no better in his approach. He was in his rights to inquire, but was determined to pick on someone he perceived as mouthing off to ‘law enforcement’. Neither one wanting to back down.

    1. The reason the photographer played the “I know my rights” card is because the officer didn’t approach him to inquire, as you said, but instead the officer approached the photographer to tell him not to take photos. I personally think it’s not a bad idea for photographers, with their propensity for taking photos, to familiarize themselves with information about when and where the law (and Metro rules) permit them to take photos. The officer’s attitude and approach, “I’m going to go tell this punk kid to stop taking pictures regardless of the fact that I don’t have the authority to,” is what’s at fault here, not the photographer’s response.

      1. Bravo Chris. In discussions about incidents such as this there always seems to be a willingness to accept the officer’s ignorance and condemn the person being subjected to it. The presumption is that if the civilian had been more diplomatic in responding to the law enforcement representative’s bullying it wouldn’t have escalated. I don’t buy it.

        I also don’t buy why people can so readily take the onus of responsibility off of the enforcer and place it on the citizen. It is incumbent upon us to know our rights and to have the courage to speak up when they are being violated and even moreso upon the police to know the laws they have sworn to uphold.

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