Tennessee man arrested for "unlawful photography" after photographing cop
Update: Deputies threatened to arrest man’s 12-year-old daughter for “unlawful photography”.
Update: So what exactly is “unlawful photography” anyway?
And yet another law enforcement officer proves clueless of the First Amendment.
This time it was a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy, who said he “feared for his life”, when civilian Scott Conover snapped a photo of him with an IPhone during a traffic stop in Tennessee on June 6th.
A Johnson County sheriff’s deputy arrested Scott Conover for unlawful photography.
“He says you took a picture of me. It’s illegal to take a picture of a law enforcement officer,” said Conover.
The deputy, who was not named in the article, ordered Conover three times to delete the photos before arresting him.
“Here’s a guy who takes me out of the car and arrests me in front of my kids. For what? To take a picture of a police officer?” said Conover.
The deputy claims Conover pointed a laser at him, which terrified him, but the IPhone does not even emit a laser.
Also, another law enforcement officer who witnessed the arrest stated that the deputy kept asking Conover about the camera, never about a laser.
Conover is scheduled for court on August 6th.