Asserting that harassment of photographers taking pictures in public places is unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds, the ACLU has filed suit in federal court in Los Angeles against the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Video shows photographer Shawn Nee’s encounter with a deputy who stopped Nee for taking photos of then-newly installed turnstiles at the Metro station in Hollywood. Photographer Greggory Moore was surrounded by eight deputies on a public sidewalk in Long Beach while photographing traffic for a story on Distracted Driving Awareness Month — across the street from a courthouse. We’ll leave to commenters any exploration of the ironies within that situation. Sheriff’s Dept. contends deputies were just doing their jobs investigating suspicious activity.
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