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VIDEO: LA Sheriffs Unlawfully Detain Photographer

On October 31, 2009 while on my way home from the Hollywood and Highland area, I was unlawfully detained for 25 minutes by LASD Officers Richard Gylfie #2955 and Bayes #456 for taking two photographs of the turnstiles located at the Hollywood and Western Metro Station — an act that is completely legal and occurred in public space.discarted

Sheriff: Why are you taking pictures?
Photographer: Because I want to.

Apparently that answer isn’t good enough for the LA sheriffs. I respect that the sheriffs have a tough job but they do not have the right to harass people who are not doing anything illegal. Tell everyone you know. This is important.

Click here to get more information about the incident and to get contact information for agencies that should be able to do something about this.

Click here for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s online complaint form.

John Watson

John is the original founder of Photodoto, but after running it for 4 years he had to focus on different things. If you're interested in what John has been up to recently, you can check is personal blog or browse his photo blog.