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HALLOWEEN 2013: A Requiem For My Right to Document LAPD

For the past 3-5 years, I’ve documented Hollywood Blvd on Halloween night. The work can be viewed here, here, and here. So of course I’ll be doing the same again this year.

But to help remind the Los Angeles Police Department that I have a right to stand in public space and document police activity without the threat of arrest, or any other kind of interference, I’m finally publishing last year’s videos of their officers doing the following to me:

HARASSING ME

THREATENING ME WITH ARREST

TARGETING ME BECAUSE OF A CAMERA

INTENTIONALLY USING THEIR HANDS TO BLOCK MY CAMERA

INTENTIONALLY USING A FLASHLIGHT TO BLIND MY CAMERA

COMMITTING BATTERY

After watching the following videos, please use twitter to let LAPD know how you feel about their actions.

They can be reached at the following Twitter accounts: @LAPDhq, @911LAPD, @LAPDhollywood, @LAPDHDQTRS and @LAPDChiefBeck

LAPD officer gestures and mumbles not to take pictures:

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LAPD officer Kevin Palmer #2204 walks by me, turns around, and stands behind me:

LAPD officers harass and threaten me with arrest while other people without cameras are allowed to move freely. Sergeant Martin #33768 arrives to defend status quo:

LAPD officers intentionally use their hands to block my camera, violating my rights as well as LAPD’s internal policies. Two of  the officers claim they didn’t violate anything:

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A couple of LAPD “heroes” power-trip because I wasn’t standing where they wanted me to stand while waiting to cross the street. One of them actually says, “Did you just cross my yellow tape?” Last time I checked, the tape belongs to myself and taxpayers. The mindset of today’s cop (sigh):

LAPD officer #18908 tells me not to take pictures and intentionally uses his flashlight to blind my camera multiple times. Meanwhile, an undercover cop cheap shots me from behind by slamming his body into me. Like a coward, he quietly slithers back into the crowd as though he never committed the crime of battery against me:

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Historically speaking, my videos clearly show that LAPD officers weren’t recognizing my rights to freely observe and document police activity. One officer (whom I feel is the most professional officer in Hollywood)  admits that “new officers” just don’t know.

So is LAPD’s tendency to violate my rights a training issue? An officer issue? Or a cultural issue?

Here’s one more from 2012 (which is not the only video from that year showing LAPD harassing me for taking pictures):

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They bring SWAT teams to peaceful protests nowadays

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“Interfering with a police investigation.”

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That moment before your rights are violated & you’re unlawfully arrested

LAPD’s Canned Response to 23 Citizen Complaints


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As a concerned citizen worried about the direction that law enforcement is heading in nowadays, the next time you contact the Los Angeles Police Department with your complaints, you might want to take the response you receive with a grain of salt.

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THE GROWING ANTI-POLICE BRUTALITY MOVEMENT

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The anti-police brutality movement is here.  It’s not going anywhere.  And as long as militarized police officers across the United States continue to brutalize and murder people with impunity, this powerful rising force will continue to grow and become stronger.

For years, I’ve been photographing anti-police brutality marches and rallies, and have witnessed the evolution of this movement.  When I first started taking pictures, you wouldn’t see as many children, housewives, and grandmothers at these events as you do today.  And you especially wouldn’t see these people holding signs that said, “…BLOOD is on your hands”, “I hate the police…”,  or “Police: It’s a Gang”.

Nowadays though, it’s a different story.  People who once supported police, no longer do, and it’s the police officers themselves who are responsible for this expanding backlash.

With the power of the internet and its ability to educate and open eyes, the American people are really starting to see how dangerous police officers are to them and their families.  For instance, six of them can murder your son on camera and get away with it.

The following photos were taken at a “Justice For Kelly  Thomas” rally that took place in Fullerton, CA, on January 18, 2014.

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LAPD Denies My Request Seeking the Number of Times Their Officers Accessed My Personal Information

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If the Los Angeles Police Department was potentially accessing your private information via a government database like the DMV, you would think that the subject of those searches would have a right to know if the information was accessed, when it was accessed, and why it was accessed.  That way, the person could determine if the searches were done legally, or illegally.  And whether or not, at the very least, find out if the searches violated LAPD policy.

Well, having carte blanche to this information may be true in states like Florida where there are very strong public records laws that keep government open and protect the public’s right to know.  But what holds true in the Sunshine State, does not in The Golden State.

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