“Wasting Breath” with US Bank Tower’s Security Team

Thanks to Hal Bergman, there’s video of the encounter with the security team at the US Bank Tower. Shawn (Discarted) edited the video and just blogged about it this morning. Consider it part two, which include the put downs, plus an attempt to teach one of the security guards by Angelo [of Hollywood].

via Discarted


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Update 1/21/2009 3:35pmThanks to Thomas Hawk for blogging about this!

Update 1/21/2009 3:50pm — Thanks to blogdowntown for blogging about this, too. See “Photographers’ Rights Protest Makes For Good Theatre.”

Update 1/23/2009 2:55pm — Thanks for LAist and Jeremy Brooks for picking this up (and also putting it on Digg).

Encounters at the Photographers’ Rights Protest in LA

Unjustified intimidation

After getting harassed at the US Bank Tower last Thursday, Shawn helped organize an impromptu protest for Sunday.

From Pershing Square, we walked up 5th Street toward the US Bank Tower. At this point, I was with Shawn Nee, David Sommars and Angelo Pacella.

Summary and transcription at the Gas Company Tower

Our first confrontation was almost immediate, occurring in front of the Gas Company Tower (Google Maps). The first SG was a older man with a New York accent. What follows is my transcription of the confrontation, along with an audio recording (download here).

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Los Angeles Photographers' Rights Protest this Sunday at 2pm

Following up my getting harassed at the US Bank building in Downtown Los Angeles, Discarted sent an email to several other photographers and posted on Flickr that we would protest.

This Sunday (1/18/2009) at 2pm, we’re going to meet at Pershing Square and walk to the US Bank building to protest, take photos and educate people. Of course, there are many buildings around the area that we’ll photograph and most likely get harassed.

In addition to your camera, bring video cameras or audio recorders (if you have any) to document any confrontation(s).

Mentally prepare yourself. Understand and stand up for your rights. Photography is not a crime.

Update 1/21/2009 4:15pm: I shouldn’t have worded my post this way. I’d like to clarify that our primary goal was to take photos. If we got harassed, then we’d have the necessary tools needed to document the incident.

Harassed at the US Bank building in Los Angeles

While getting harassed in front of the US Bank building
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January 15th, 2009 at 5:27pm, we were harassed by the security of the US Bank building for about five minutes.

I haven’t been harassed about taking photos in awhile, but when Maxwell1 wanted to go photowalking in the area around Civic Center and Pershing Square, I knew it’d happen.

For the record, the building(s) are incredibly visible in Google Maps using Street View.

A minute after Maxwell was up the stairs, as predicted, a security guard (Robert) came outside to confront us. The usual spiel spewed forth.

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