We told you this weekend about the DC photographer who says he was detained by MPD officers while shooting a traffic stop in Georgetown. My initial complaint about the account was that the photographer, Jerome Vorus, hadn’t gotten names of the officers who stopped him or apparently followed up with a complaint to the MPD. Turns out, I was wrong.
Via Carlos Miller’s Photography is Not A Crime site, we get a little more followup based on Miller’s phone interview with Vorus:
A few days later, Vorus spoke to a Sgt. Mercer at the police department to file a complaint.
“He said those officers were incorrect and that anyone can take pictures on public property,” he said. “He also told me he would speak to the officers to get their side of the story.
“It was Tuesday and he told me to call him back on Wednesday.”
Vorus called back on Thursday and surprise, surprise, the sergeant was no longer so cooperative.
“He now had an attitude. He said the officers told him I was taking pictures of inside the police cars. I told him all the pictures I took are posted on my blog.”
I applaud Vorus for following through and pressing MPD to be accountable for the incident. Let’s hope he gets a straight answer from them soon.