The next time some Neanderthal with a badge and an attitude gives you grief about the ‘illegality’ of taking a snap or video of them while at work, just quote the King County, Washington, sheriff.
Oh…and remember to contact the ACLU.
King County deputy Patrick “K.C.” Saulet has been fired for threatening to arrest me last summer, when I was photographing several officers on a downtown street corner, and then lying to investigators about the incident, says King County sheriff John Urquhart.
The termination is effective today.
“You have a constitutional right to photograph the police,” Sheriff Urquhart asserted in a phone interview with me today. Threatening to arrest a citizen for legally taking photos of cops while on public property, he added, “is a constitutional violation, as far as I am concerned.”