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Tucson Security Guard Detains Citizen for Photographing Federal Building

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.

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.