A pair of bullying Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies detained a photographer who snapped their picture on Hollywood Blvd, accusing him of all kinds of false crimes before handcuffing him, then searching through his camera bag without consent.
Shawn Nee – who already has a pending lawsuit against the sheriff’s department for violating his rights as a photographer – once again captured the incident on his Vievu camera, exposing a disgusting show of brute intimidation.
The deputies first told him it was against the law to take their photo.
Then they told him it was against the law to photograph a couple of underage girls they were chatting up.
And then they told him it was against the law to walk down the street without identification.
Obviously the dumb asses didn’t realize they were being recorded the entire time.
The Vievu was attached to his camera bag, which was left strewn on the sidewalk for several minutes after they walked him handcuffed to their patrol car.
One of deputes calls Nee a “retard” seconds before the other deputy discovers the Vievu attached to the camera bag.
They end up turning the camera off, then releasing him about 15 minutes later with no citation or charges.
It is Nee’s second run-in with the sheriff’s department since the lawsuit was filed in October, setting the stage for what could be a significant payout once it reaches trial by August of next year.
This incident took place in February, but Nee’s attorney advised him against posting it until now.
“There was a lot said to me during the detainment that was not captured by the camera,” said in an email Sunday morning.
“But one thing the second officer said to me right after he took the cuffs off was, ‘You know why we did this? You know why we did this, right.'”
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