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The Miami Beach Police Department has no problem arresting or pointing guns at photographers who point their lenses at police officers.

But apparently they have trouble arresting women-beating celebrities who snatch cameras from citizens.

Singer Chris Brown, whose biggest hit so far is Rihanna’s face, is accused of snatching an iPhone from a fan who was attempting to photograph him outside a Miami Beach nightclub. He then drove off with the phone.

According to NBC Miami:

Police responded at 4:43 a.m. They listed the offense as a “robbery by sudden snatching,” and said the incident would be further investigated.

The woman, Christal Spann, and her friends followed Brown and rapper Tyga outside, where she saw him get into his black Bentley, according to a Miami Beach Police report. Spann approached Brown and took a photo with her $500 white iPhone 4S while he was sitting in his car.

Then the surly hip-hop star reached through the window, took her cell phone from her hands, and said, “B**** you ain’t going to put that on no website,” Spann told police.

He put up his window, drove west on Espanola Way, and north on Washington Avenue, police said.

Members of his entourage said Brown didn’t want photos of him flirting with two groupies to become public because he is trying to reconcile with the women he severely beat in 2009.

Even though five people witnessed the incident that took place on February 19, police have yet to make an arrest.

Police, however, are blaming the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.

But a source within the State Attorney’s Office blamed police for not making the arrest, according to the Miami Herald.

Why didn’t the police grow a pair and arrest him when the complaint was drawn?” a high-ranking State Attorney’s staffer said Wednesday. “That’s how you do it.”

It’s not the first time police have displayed favoritism towards Brown. In 2009, after he was arrested for beating up Rihanna, Los Angeles police leaked a photo of her battered face, but refused to release his mugshot.


Please send stories, tips and videos to carlosmiller@magiccitymedia.com.

Also, if you would like to contribute to my Legal Defense Fund stemming from my latest arrest, please buy a photographers' rights lens cloth and/or laminated card to wear around your neck like a press badge through Zap Rag. Please write "carlos3" in the comments section of the Paypal transaction to ensure I receive a portion of the sale.

Or you can just donate to my Legal Defense Fund by clicking on the button below.

Miami Beach Police Refusing To Arrest Chris Brown For Snatching Fan's iPhone

The Miami Beach Police Department has no problem arresting or pointing guns at photographers who point their lenses at police officers.

But apparently they have trouble arresting women-beating celebrities who snatch cameras from citizens.

Singer Chris Brown, whose biggest hit so far is Rihanna’s face, is accused of snatching an iPhone from a fan who was attempting to photograph him outside a Miami Beach nightclub. He then drove off with the phone.

According to NBC Miami:

Police responded at 4:43 a.m. They listed the offense as a “robbery by sudden snatching,” and said the incident would be further investigated.

The woman, Christal Spann, and her friends followed Brown and rapper Tyga outside, where she saw him get into his black Bentley, according to a Miami Beach Police report. Spann approached Brown and took a photo with her $500 white iPhone 4S while he was sitting in his car.

Then the surly hip-hop star reached through the window, took her cell phone from her hands, and said, “B**** you ain’t going to put that on no website,” Spann told police.

He put up his window, drove west on Espanola Way, and north on Washington Avenue, police said.

Members of his entourage said Brown didn’t want photos of him flirting with two groupies to become public because he is trying to reconcile with the women he severely beat in 2009.

Even though five people witnessed the incident that took place on February 19, police have yet to make an arrest.

Police, however, are blaming the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.

But a source within the State Attorney’s Office blamed police for not making the arrest, according to the Miami Herald.

Why didn’t the police grow a pair and arrest him when the complaint was drawn?” a high-ranking State Attorney’s staffer said Wednesday. “That’s how you do it.”

It’s not the first time police have displayed favoritism towards Brown. In 2009, after he was arrested for beating up Rihanna, Los Angeles police leaked a photo of her battered face, but refused to release his mugshot.


Please send stories, tips and videos to carlosmiller@magiccitymedia.com.

Also, if you would like to contribute to my Legal Defense Fund stemming from my latest arrest, please buy a photographers’ rights lens cloth and/or laminated card to wear around your neck like a press badge through Zap Rag. Please write “carlos3″ in the comments section of the Paypal transaction to ensure I receive a portion of the sale.

Or you can just donate to my Legal Defense Fund by clicking on the button below.

About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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