Friday, May 08, 2009

Cop takes pic of citizen he asked not to take pics


No less than 5x per week, Muni is my chariot. It brings me to-and-fro, from home to work, and vice-versa. This past Monday I saw four Fare Inspectors huddled at the end of my outbound platform. I thought it made for a compelling shot, amongst the incoming LRV’s and fellow passengers, so I aimed my camera in their general direction and started firing.

Before I could get the 1st shot off, Fare Inspector #32 started marching towards me, hands in the air, yelling at me to “STOP TAKING PICTURES!!” So I put away camera, walked towards him and answered his statement with a question. I asked him if he could site me the specific Muni code that prohibited a Translink Card carrying passenger from taking pictures of Muni Personal on Muni Property. He could not. Instead he responded that I “needed his permission” and demanded to see my “credentials” and the pictures on my camera. He added that in fact, if I was unwilling to turn over possession of my camera to him he would seize my camera and have me arrested.