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.