Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Along With Self Proclaimed Judges, Jury And Executioners, Cops Are Now Art Critics

Welcome to the art police.

Police Chief Confirms Detaining Photographers Within Departmental Policy

"Police Chief Jim McDonnell has confirmed that detaining photographers for taking pictures "with no apparent esthetic value" is within Long Beach Police Department policy.

McDonnell spoke for a follow-up story on a June 30 incident in which Sander Roscoe Wolff, a Long Beach resident and regular contributor to Long Beach Post, was detained by Officer Asif Kahn for taking pictures of a North Long Beach refinery.

"If an officer sees someone taking pictures of something like a refinery," says McDonnell, "it is incumbent upon the officer to make contact with the individual." McDonnell went on to say that whether said contact becomes detainment depends on the circumstances the officer encounters.

McDonnell says that while there is no police training specific to determining whether a photographer's subject has "apparent esthetic value," officers make such judgments "based on their overall training and experience" and will generally approach photographers not engaging in "regular tourist behavior."

this photo offended the cop's tasteful sense of style

much more pleasing to cop mentality


Anonymous Anonymous said...


How funny... Jim was with me in LAPD when i was a LT. He was a good dude before he turned into a suck ass. When he didnt get the Chief spot, he split and cut a deal with Long Beach. Sad to hear this is how he runs a waste of a department.
He couldnt wait for bratton to leave.

LB city is rated # 5 out of 10 cities most likely to have a major riot, Jim will have his hands full with this soon.

Food for thought.

18/8/11 1:00 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Interesting, Kobiashi, I hope we're never detained for "not engaging in "regular tourist behavior." :)

29/8/11 12:47 AM  

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