Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Photographer Arrested by Miami PD

Thomas Hawk has been following this story for the past couple days. You can a read a more detailed account of it here. Basically, a photographer on assignment, Carlos Miller, was harassed and arrested after taking some shots of some police action on Biscayne Blvd in Miami. While one should consider both sides of the story, as well as the location of the event, there seem to be some serious inconsistencies on the police side of the story. (See photo courtesy of Rebecca Wakefield). I understand the need for cops to be more aggressive in higher crime areas, but I also believe that there are certain lines that shouldn't be crossed, even if the guy is a criminal.

Normally, I take these accounts with a grain of salt, as even the most well intentioned person tends to exaggerate some aspects. However, in this case, its clear the cops took this one a little over the top. Even if Miller was mouthing off to the cops, it certainly doesn't justify the treatment he received. I would like to see more of the photos from that evening. Maybe they were shaking down a pimp for a payoff or something, I don't know, but clearly this story bears watching some more.

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