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Street Photographer Uses Body Cam During Outings, Ends up Capturing Own Arrest

As a photographer it’s important that you know your rights when out shooting in public. Since they will vary from locale to locale, if you plan on travelling to a foreign country, be sure to read up on the protocol before you arrive. While your legal rights as photographers may not always be granted, as you will see in the video below, being prepared should a problem arise can help you stay out or get out of trouble:

While out working on his street photography, professional photographer, Shawn Nee, had a run in with the Los Angeles Police Department, that Nee feels was entirely unjust. As he was photographing a gentleman he has known for many years, he noticed the police responding to a call in a nearby apartment complex. He turned his attention to the officers and began shooting images from afar. The entire altercation was captured on film via a small body camera Nee had clipped to the strap of his backpack.

Nee points out the spot where he was incarcerated. The body camera he used to capture his arrest can be seen attached to the strap across his chest.

The police then turned their attention to Nee and approached him from behind a chain link fence which separated the apartment complex and the area where Nee was working. When Nee refused to answer some of the questions from the police officers, which, by law, he is not required to, the police became agitated and put the photographer in cuffs citing he was interfering with a police investigation.

Nee’s body camera captured this shot of the police officers who would later arrest him.

Nee is currently involved in a lawsuit in which he and two other photographers are plaintiffs against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The photographers are being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California

[via PictureCorrect Photography Tips]

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