Alex Brant-Zawadzki at the OC WeeklyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Blotter blog wrote a good post on Tuesday that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be outside the school,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the security guard. But Al White, no stranger to resisting authority, stood his ground. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is public property and we have every right to be here,Ã¢â‚¬Â he responded. A reporter snapped a picture; this did not impress the security guard.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Did you just take a photo?Ã¢â‚¬Â she asked.
Yes, I did.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have to delete that from your camera.Ã¢â‚¬Â
This is public property and I can take a picture of anything I want.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not of me you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t.Ã¢â‚¬Â
This is a public sidewalk. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re on the public sidewalk. I can take your picture.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see about that.Ã¢â‚¬Â 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 morningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s work to the security guard. He even gave her a pamphlet.