Arizona Court Chief Marshal Assaults Camera Man on Public Sidewalk,

Andrew Meyer

Arizona Court Chief Marshal Assaults Camera Man on Public Sidewalk, Court Officers Refuse to Identify him

“Don’t point that camera in my direction. Do not point that camera in my direction. Turn it the other way!”

As two Arizona videographers recorded from a public sidewalk, a man at a nearby restaurant shouted at them not to record.

That man was Maricopa County Superior Courts Chief Marshal Jessy Summers. Unsatisfied with being in the background of MaxTechMedia’s recording, Summers decided to walk right up to the camera and scold the cameramen for recording in public.

“I know a little bit about the law and the Constitution. You have a First Amendment right to do whatever you want, I have a First Amendment right to be wherever I want. Don’t point that camera in my face,” shouted Summers.

After becoming even more upset that he was being recorded by the cameramen he just walked up to and started shouting at, Summers bellowed, “Walk away! I’ll call the police.”

Summers then grabbed the camera off it’s stand, and walked away as the camera men asked him to wait for the police.

“Just let him have his baby moment,” said one of the cameramen.

Realizing that the man who just harassed them worked at the nearby court, the cameramen attempted to ask the court security officers if they could identify the man in their video.

Instead of identifying their boss, the officers refused to identify Chief Marshal Summers and claimed that cameras are not allowed in the building.

Chief Marshal Summers in the middle, with one of the officers in the video on the top right

“Are you recording? You’re not able to record inside the building,” said one of the officers. “It’s a judge’s order. It’s a misdemeanor.”

However, a PINAC search could find no prohibitions on photography inside the Maricopa County Superior Court building and the normal restrictions and permissions for recording inside courtrooms.

To contact the Maricopa County Superior Court Presiding Judge, call 602.506.5262. Or you can just tweet at them here.

Earlier in the same video from MaxTechMedia, a guy on the street flips out at being recorded, claiming the following:

“Actually you can’t take pictures, it’s illegal without signed permission… How are you gonna use that photograph? I’m in the witness protection act…and if that gets out you could cost my family their life.”

While it’s unlikely the character in the video was in the witness protection act – and it would be pretty dumb to announce that in public – these are the kinds of hilarious reactions these Arizona videographers have received just by filming in public.

As the man in “witness protection” threatens to call the police, the Arizona crew remains calm and waits to see what comedy unfolds. Eventually, the man in “witness protection” walked away.

For news tips on aerial photography and drones, contact Andrew Meyer, PINAC’s staff writer covering UAV photography, the First Amendment, and more. Follow him on twitter @theandrewmeyer.


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