Monday, June 08, 2009

"Taking photographs of objects or people in plain view is not a crime"


"The City of Snohomish has settled with a University of Washington fine art professor arrested shortly after she was seen photographing power lines, the ACLU reports. According to a statement from the [ACLU], Shirley Scheier was driving home in October 2005 when Snohomish police stopped her car on state Route 9 and began questioning her about her 'suspicious' photography. ... Police handcuffed and frisked Scheier, placing her in the backseat of a patrol car for about 25 minutes, the ACLU contends. Scheier later sued the city in U.S. District Court, alleging that she was wrongfully detained. On Monday, an ACLU spokesman announced that the suit had been settled for $8,000."