December 24, 2013
A journalist investigating a police brutality case was confronted and harassed by Georgia law enforcement late last week, while attempting to photograph outside the Glynn County Sheriff’s Department.
Following video of Georgia police slamming a 70-year-old woman into the pavement earlier this month, Jeff Gray, journalist with Photography is Not a Crime, headed to Glynn County to investigate the incident.
While standing on a public sidewalk taking pictures of the sheriff’s department, which also houses the county’s jail and courthouse, Gray was confronted by two Glynn County court bailiffs.
“What can I do for you? What are you taking pictures of? You got some ID?” the first bailiff says while approaching Gray.
“Am I being detained?” Gray asks as the bailiff grabs his camera, momentarily disabling the recording.
Seemingly unhappy with Gray’s refusal to quit recording as well as his understanding of constitutional rights, the bailiff can be seen grabbing the camera again as a second bailiff approaches.
“Let me tell you something right now. If you took a picture of those inmates going into that courthouse, you and I are going to have a problem,” a man identified as Colonel Futch threatens.
Both bailiffs continue asking questions, demanding to know Gray’s employer, which he continually states, while claiming he needs permission to take pictures from the sidewalk.
After several attempts to find out whether or not he is being detained, Gray receives simultaneous and conflicting answers from both bailiffs. While Futch claims to have detained Gray, the colonel quickly becomes irate after struggling to provide any legal authority to do so.
Despite continued requests by Gray to be presented with a statute or law that prohibits photographing a building from a public sidewalk, Futch answers by claiming the public sidewalk as sheriff’s department property.
“This is not a public place right here, this is ours,” Futch says.
Unable to coerce or intimidate Gray, the bailiffs eventually move their attention to an unknown bystander observing the situation, unable to intimidate the man into leaving as well.
The bailiffs can eventually be seen retreating back inside the department in a second video as Glynn County Sheriff E. Neal Jump attempts to remedy the situation.
Similarly, Storyleak’s Anthony Gucciardi and the Infowars crew were confronted at the NSA’s Utah data center last October. Despite Homeland Security admitting to the obvious legality of filming federal buildings in leaked documents, NSA security illegally confiscated the crew’s cameras in a failed attempt to delete their footage.
This post originally appeared at Story Leak