Two security guards stopped a photographer, Benn Jordan, in Chicago who was trying to take a timelapse video and things went very south very fast. They took his cards away from him and formatted them and also, he claims they damaged some of his gear. The security guards said he was trespassing on the property but the photographer claims in the videos description on Youtube that he was only on the sidewalk. So who is at fault?
I watched this video a few times now and I just feel more anger at the entire situation each time I see it. By no means should people be allowing others to take their cards and format them. One of the things that truly stuck out was when one of the security guards actually took his card and then tried to resell it back to him! The photographer asked for his gear so he could leave but was refused it all until the police showed up.
"(The security guards) lied to the police and claimed I was on the other side of their fence, refusing to leave, and tried to have me arrested for criminal trespassing. Upon showing the police the 20+ minutes of video I have of the incident, they told me I would have to take it up with civil court. "
Looking at the video from another perspective, I can see why the security guards may have had an issue. If Benn was indeed trespassing, then I think it was right for them to hold him there. They have no clue what his actual intentions were and if it was a construction site, they may just think he was there doing an undercover investigation from maybe a competitor to try and get them in trouble. I do not agree with how they handled it though with the taking of his gear.
I am not siding with either person as of now because I feel there is a definitely lack of evidence on what truly happened. Without proof of where Benn was standing or what happened at the beginning, which he says "I wish I could get to my phone sooner when they initially approached me, as I definitely have grounds for assault." To prevent any of this from initially happening, people should start reaching out to companies they plan on taking direct photos of. Even if it is "legal" to shoot from a sidewalk, it is always nice to build a relationship with a business you are sitting outside of snapping away at. In their shoes, they feel they are being investigated and attacked (not physically). From another side, businesses need to also recognize what is and is not legal in terms of photography.
This entire situation seems a bit all over the place. What are your thoughts on the video?
[Via Youtube User Benn Jordan]