Trespassing on Public Property

Alex Brant-Zawadzki at the OC Weekly’s Blotter blog wrote a good post on Tuesday that I’ve been meaning to link to all week. I saw Alex at Drinking Liberally last night, and I was reminded of his really well-written post regarding the Orange County Recruitment Awareness Project and their recent escapade at Century High School in Santa Ana.

“You can’t be outside the school,” said the security guard. But Al White, no stranger to resisting authority, stood his ground. “This is public property and we have every right to be here,” he responded. A reporter snapped a picture; this did not impress the security guard.

“Did you just take a photo?” she asked.

Yes, I did.

“You’ll have to delete that from your camera.”

This is public property and I can take a picture of anything I want.

“Not of me you can’t.”

This is a public sidewalk. You’re on the public sidewalk. I can take your picture.

“We’ll see about that.” She golf-carted off, and within minutes a motorcycle cop showed up. The school had called the police, he said, as they were unsure what the pamphleteers were up to. Which is odd, as Mr. White had clearly explained the morning’s work to the security guard. He even gave her a pamphlet.

Read the entire story here.

  2 comments for “Trespassing on Public Property

  1. Saul Paulisky
    January 13, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Here is some vita information. It is a Crime for the “Security Officers” at the Santa Ana Unified School District to “detain” anyone. They lack any sort of police powers or authority to “stop” and detain a citizen of the U.S. I recommend that anyone contacted and “detained” by Santa Ana District Safety Officers to immediately hire a lawyer and fild an unlawful detention lawsuit. You may demand that Santa Ana P.D. arrest the security officer for unlawful detention. If the security guard asks or forces you to move, they have now committed kidnapping. These “security guards” are untrained, out of control, “wanna be” cops. Know you’re rights.

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