A story I wrote here last month about a Chicago photojournalist getting arrested that barely broke the mainstream media is creating a whirlwind on a popular Chicago cop blog called Second City Cop.
The Chicago police officers on that site, including the original poster and many commenters, agreed with me that Mike Andalzi’s arrest was completely out of line. Especially considering it was a civilian flack who ordered the arrest – a detail that was first reported on Photography is Not a Crime.
There appears to be bad blood between the officers and the police spokeswoman, Monique Bond, whom some of the officers refer to as “Lips”.
There is also bad blood between her and Chicago reporters, not just including himself, Anzaldi said, adding that she was hired by the Chicago Police Department about 18 months ago.
“She used to be a lot nicer when she worked at the (Chicago) Department of Aviation,” he said. “In this job, she has lot her mind.”
It is not too often that you will find me agreeing with police officers over an arrest of another photographer. In his blog post, which I posted below, Second City Cop acknowledges that the police and media are usually at odds. The two bold paragraphs in italics is what he cut and paste from my original story.
We usually have little tolerance for the press. They and police are constantly at odds. Here’s what we are disturbed by:
“Anzaldi was charged with obstruction against a peace officer after he refused to stop filming an investigation of an incident involving an off-duty police officer who shot and killed a man trying to rob him Tuesday night.
But the initial order for him to stop filming came from a civilian, a police spokesperson named Monique Bond who is not even a police officer. A flack without a badge.”
Um, it would seem that this political hack just put a sergeant, a detective and two PO’s in the trick bag. Ordering a photographer arrested? On private property? We foresee a large payout from the taxpayers based on Monique’s interpretation of law.
As of this writing, the post has generated 92 comments, most who are evidently cops who agree that Anzaldi’s arrest was unjustified, not only because he was not breaking the law, but because the order was generated from a civilian. They expect the Chicago Police Department to eventually dish out a huge legal sum over this matter.
Meanwhile, I’ve been talking to Anzaldi and he is promising to give me an update soon that will prove his innocence. He said a judge ordered the return of the video camera, so perhaps he will post the video he recorded before police arrested him and confiscated the camera.
To read a selection of the comments being left on Second City Copy, click on this link.