ACLU sues D.C. cops over photographer's detainment
- We've got our eyes on you. (Source: Flickr/BigTallGuy)
Last summer, photography student Jerome Vorus, 20, was detained by several police officers after photographing them during a traffic stop in Georgetown. Now he's suing them because the pictures only earned him a C+ in class.
Just kidding! The officers are actually being sued for that whole (probably) unlawful detainment thing. The ACLU, which filed the suit in U.S. District Court yesterday morning, says Vorus' constitutional rights — specifically this one and this one — were violated. So, basically, it's like every lawsuit the ACLU has ever filed.
In an interview with NBC Washington, Vorus said:
They told me to put the camera away, to stop audio recording and that I am being detained … and that it is unlawful within the District to photograph and audio record police officers without prior consent.
The ACLU argues that Vorus wasn't interfering with police work, so he had every right to snap away. And you do, too! Now everybody get out there and start stalking cops with your cameras.
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