In all honesty, I didn't even read the headline, just the article. Please don't get me wrong -- I am very pro law enforcement. But most of all, I'm pro Constitution. I have little love for the media but in this case, I'm not really looking at this guy as a member of the media but in trying to evaluate whether a law was actually broken by the producer, try substituting a hypothetical Joe Average into the position.
I believe that since one of the charges against him is trespassing, that's exactly what they are saying. Have you watched the video? Does an off-duty officer acting as a private security guard, albeit in uniform, have a legal right to put his hands on a citizen and push them from a public sidewalk into traffic in the street? Since this off duty officer in uniform did not place the producer under arrest but instead waited for on duty officers to arrive and do so, I'm guessing he knew he had no right to arrest. I also find it interesting that even on duty law enforcement didn't arrest until two hours later and only after the hotel management had signed a complaint.Quote:
No where in the article does it say that this person was arrested for taking pictures, or being on a sidewalk.
I just find some of the aspects of this very disturbing. If it's proven that the sidewalk is somehow private property I'll shut up. But if it is, it will be the first sidewalk I've seen adjacent to a city street that was private property.