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1 thecommodore  Thu, Aug 15, 2013 4:09:49pm
This photographer was certainly pushing it by refusing to ID himself.

This photographer was breaking no laws, and these cops had no basis whatsoever to detain him.

This looks like a classic “contempt of cop,” scenario.

I hope this photographer sues the LAPD over this.

2 steve_davis  Fri, Aug 16, 2013 7:38:25am

re: #1 thecommodore

This photographer was breaking no laws, and these cops had no basis whatsoever to detain him.

This looks like a classic “contempt of cop,” scenario.

I hope this photographer sues the LAPD over this.

And yet he gave them the excuse by refusing to identify himself. If the cops ask who you are, you’re obligated to give them a name. If they want a photo i.d., just tell them you aren’t driving. Technically that’s true. You aren’t driving at that moment. And if you aren’t driving at that moment, they don’t have any right to demand you show them a driving license.

3 Political Atheist  Fri, Aug 16, 2013 10:34:03am

re: #2 steve_davis

I have a lot less trouble than this guy, and I too get hit up by cops from time to time. I give them my ID and a biz card with an invitation to keep it and check out my work sometime. Attitude matters. When that failed I once asserted my right to continue on the subway and got my shots and went home on time. In that case I knew I was supposed to be allowed after having talked to the PR guy at metro on the phone long before.


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