Photographer Bullied, Berated at Tent City

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Photo by Ted Soqui

LA photojournalist Ted Soqui was in Ontario, CA, working on a story about the homeless encampment called Tent City when he was harassed, followed, berated and assaulted by its nasty security force.  Surrounded by cyclone fencing, the landscape is adorned with tents, campers and port-o-potties. All of which, are patrolled by Securitas security guards, who apparently rule with an iron fist.

As Ted tells it:

The agents followed me street to street, even pushing my camera into my face at one point. Another person joined in to attempt to stop me from taking photographs, waiving their hands in front of my camera lens as well. They called me every name in the book and threatened to call the police, which they said they did. The police never came. It was a bizzare day, and I was told that they have my license number and are going to come over my home and harass me. 

To see more photos from his day in Ontario, go to Ted’s blog LA Photo.

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