Help Keep a Photographer Out of Jail

Photo by Jonas Lara

In February, artist/photographer Jonas Lara was photographing two graffiti artists in South Central Los Angeles as part of a long-term project he’s doing when he was arrested for felony vandalism, a charge that was later reduced to aiding and abetting vandals. He was jailed for 24 hours and his equipment was confiscated as evidence. His jury trial is on May 11, and if convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and have his license suspended.

Lara has started a legal defense fund to raise $6,500 for a private lawyer. He has $152.96 as of today. You can (and should) join his Facebook page, donate and spread the word. This is a bogus charge and a waste of our taxpayer dollars.

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