From the Long Beach Post:
Police Chief Jim McDonnell has confirmed that detaining photographers for taking pictures “with no apparent esthetic value” is within Long Beach Police Department policy.
In other news, the First Amendment was just declared to be a figment of our imaginations (though if we try to take a photo of it, it will also be deemed to be of “no apparent esthetic value.”)
“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.
This policy apparently falls under the rubric of compiling Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) as outlined in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Order No. 11, a March 2008 statement of the LAPD’s “policy … to make every effort to accurately and appropriately gather, record and analyze information, of a criminal or non-criminal nature, that could indicate activity or intentions related to either foreign or domestic terrorism.”
Memo to Yakov Smirnov: I hereby declare your Miller Lite commercial punchline to be fair game for re-working by we future refugees from the new American Corporatist Century….
In Russia, you can always find party; in America, party always find you.