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Video: LAPD Officer Loses it after Photographer Snaps Photo of Him
Perhaps some post-traumatic stress got the best of this LAPD officer who snapped after a photographer took photos of him on the street. Shawn Nee, the blogger at discarted, just released an encounter caught on video from February with an LAPD officer in Hollywood who detained him for taking a photo of the officer.
"But that's not what the law is," Nee told the officer, noting they were on a public street.
"I do not care," responded the officer, who continued to rant, saying he was a veteran before using a gay slur to describe Nee. "You little fruitcake, god dangit, start moving. I swear my god dang ass fucking two years in the desert and I gotta hear from your fruitcake ass? Start moving!"
Later the officer's odd passive-aggressiveness changed to a nicer tone when he told Nee he had two unpaid parking tickets on file and that he should go take care of them. He also offered to call his supervisor out. Nee declined, saying "it's not going to resolve anything."
Nee is no stranger law enforcement taking issue with photos in public places. Last year he was threatened by an L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy to be placed on the FBI's hit list during an encounter stemming from his taking photos inside a Metro Red Line subway station. It is legal to take photos inside stations, but law enforcement has the right to make contact if someone is acting suspicious, regardless of photography.