Cruz said that when he heard a commotion, he walked out of his back door
with his cell phone to see what was happening. He said that when he saw
the street lined with police cars, he decided to take a picture of the
scene.”I opened (the phone) and took a shot,” Cruz said.
Moments later, Cruz said he got the shock of his life when an officer came to his back yard gate.
“He opened the gate and took me by my right hand,” Cruz said.
Cruz said the officer threw him onto a police car, cuffed him and took him to jail.
A neighbor said she witnessed the incident and could not believe what she saw.
“He opened up the gate and Neffy was coming down and he went up to Neffy,
pulled him down, had Neffy on the car and was telling him, ‘You should
have just went in the house and minded your own business instead of
trying to take pictures off your picture phone,’” said Gerrell Martin.
Gee I don’t know, but there’s something in this whole saga that doesn’t sound right. For one thing, nowhere in the article is anything to either refute or support the existence of this alleged law (against taking pictures of police with a cell phone). If no such law existed (and I can’t imagine such a law being put into effect anywhere in the United States without causing an instant outcry, and considering how crucial to “citizen journalism” type blogging cell phone cameras are, there would have been an outcry, believe me) then the cops were making shit up in order to play micro-fascist, and Cruz has a case. If they didn’t say any such thing, as they claim, then one wonders what they really hauled the guy in for. According to the story, the police were engaged in a drug bust on one of Cruz’s neighbors. It’s possible they were hopped up from adrenaline and got upset when Mr. Citizen Journalist whipped out his cell phone, which in the heat of the moment tend to resemble all sorts of less-innocuous objects. Either way, letting us know whether or not there was an actual statute that was violated would at least add more information to this vaguely imflammatory article. It could still all be true, but leaving that fact out makes the story smell to me, and Professor Libertarian is too busy jumping on the freedom-from-government train to notice.