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Teen Roughed up and Handcuffed for Photographing Mall Security Guards

Photo by Jakub Markiewicz

A 16-year-old aspiring journalist was handcuffed, arrested and banned from a Canadian shopping mall for six months because he snapped photos of security guards making an arrest.

Who would have thought Canadian security guards would be just as thuggish as American security guards?

It all started when Jakub Markiewicz was in Metropolis in Metrotown in British Columbia, the second largest mall in Canada, and spotted mall security guards making an arrest, which would be questionable even for American standards.

And maybe for Canadian standards as well which is probably why they didn’t want those photographs seeing the light of day.

As three guards were busy pouncing on a man for whatever reason, one of them looked up and spotted the teen taking their photo.

That was when things got ugly.

According to CBC News:

But Markiewicz said the guards quickly turned on him, demanding he delete the photo, which he couldn’t do because he was shooting on a film camera.

Markiewicz said he turned to leave the mall and then snapped a second shot as RCMP arrived.

He said the security guards held him, attempting to grab his camera, and he was pushed to the ground. He said he then tried to use his body to protect two cameras he carried in his bag.

“They’re just yelling and screaming, and just telling me to stop resisting,” Markiewicz said.

He admits he started swearing and was then handcuffed by police and taken outside the mall to an RCMP cruiser by the officers and mall security.

He admits he was swearing? Who the fuck wouldn’t be swearing?

Especially when cops arrived and sided with the security guards, using a utility knife to cut off his backpack and search it because they were unable to remove it with his hands cuffed behind his back.

Police told Markiewicz he was being arrested for causing a disturbance, but they never actually charged him, most likely knowing they were just using their authority to bully a teenager.

Now Markiewicz is banned from the mall for six months.

Here’s hoping Canadian photographers enter that mall in mass with their cameras to protest the six-month ban.

Not that he should ever want to spend a dime in that mall again. But he shouldn’t be stripped of that right.


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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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