A private security guard named V. Valdez attempted to detain a citizen who had photographed a federal building in Tucson last month.
Valdez was convinced that it was illegal to photograph federal buildings despite a court settlement in 2010 that confirmed what many of us already knew; that if you can see it from a public sidewalk, then you can photograph it.
But despite his training, Valdez wasn’t going to let little distractions like that keep him from detaining a citizen “for further investigation” and demanding to his identification as he attempted to intimidate the citizen from leaving while he called for Federal Protective Service officers on his walkie-talkie.
The citizen is a Tucson Cop Block member, so he was pretty knowledgeable about his rights. He ended up walking away without further incident, leaving us with an embarrassing video of Valdez.
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