Cop Commandeers Camera in Coral Gables

Photo by sunrise954

Like the story of the photographer in Coney Island we posted on last week, here’s another incidence of a person being asked to hand over their film by law enforcement. Momoko Sudo was taking nature photos in her Coral Gables, FL, neighborhood when she snapped one of a police motorcycle. The officer, who Sudo says was abusive and confrontational, demanded to see her camera, deleted all her pictures and threw her memory card on the ground.

She thinks the officer was not only suspicious that she was a foreigner taking photos but put off by her outfit (a large sunhat and bandanna with Japanese writing) and the fact that her camera settings were in Japanese.

It’s unfortunate Sudo didn’t get the officer’s name or badge number because he seems completely unprofessional and inappropriate. Assuredly this is not the policy of the Coral Gables Police Department (Franklin of has a letter in to them to make sure). But it’s just another reminder that no one, in pretty much any circumstance, has the right to ask for your film or your camera.

Article from via Carlos Miller

1 Response to “Cop Commandeers Camera in Coral Gables”

  1. 1 JP July 13, 2008 at 1:48 am

    This is an outrage! The officer on the other hand, might have gotten your permission / consent to search you.

    There is a very good video on Youtube:

    …about how to deal with the situation of being confronted by police officers, which I give credit to after I applied it’s principals to my situation:

    What happened to me was nothing.. What happened to you was something the Mayor of your town should be made aware of, because this incident could very well cost his city a LOT of money!

    IF your mayor doesn’t listen to you, I would then contact your local American Civil Liberties Union /ACLU office, so they will gladly “represent” you.

    Can you dig it?


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