Upstanding citizen in Salem (30+ years in same neighborhood) went down the street when multiple police showed up. Citizen stands across street taking one-to two pictures. Told to stop, or be arrested. Citizen stopped, put camera in pocket and asked to speak with supervisor who showed up momentarily. Sgt. (supervisor) agrees that citizen can take pictures. Citizen takes camera out of pocket for 1-2 more shots.
Citizen later "detained" while Sgt. investigated "interception of communications" law violation, based (assumed) on Cpl.'s statement who 5-minutes earlier asked if camera recorded video. Citizen states that "it can" but did not indicate he did. Citizen, in handcuffs, allows Sgt. and two other officers to inspect camera, because citizen denied recording video. Sgt. later arrests citizen photographer for interception of communications (165.543). After being released from jail, citation/complaint includes "obstructing governmental administration" (ORS 162.235.) Citizen never approached police, nor hindered their actions in any way, whatsoever.
During arraignment (today - 6-30-05) the interception of communications charge was dropped, but the "interference with peace officer" was added. Of course, police report has not yet been released.
Citizen followed all orders (putting away camera when ordered).
Citizen is an honorably-discharged disabled veteran. Works in professional position and is summa cum laude graduate of University of Oregon. No criminal history.
Handcuffs placed on too tight, hands went numb with fingers "twitching"; existing disability was worsened; demanded medical attention, denied any medical attention whatsoever from Salem PD or from Marion County jail. Requested transfer in van rather than car because of pain. Sweated profusely for five hours while in agony. Ridiculed for standing (could not sit after police car ride.)
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