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Valley Photographer Says Cops Harassed Him for Taking Pictures in Downtown Phoenix

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A local photographer claims a Phoenix police officer detained him for a short time and interrogated him for taking pictures of potential terrorist attack sites.

In an online article on the Downtown Phoenix Journal Web site, author Chad Swaney relates the tale of William Nash-McAdam, who had taken the light rail from Mesa to Central Station last weekend. The story says an officer approached Nash-McAdam and his companion, questioning them about the pictures he was taking.

The officer reportedly insisted he saw Nash-McAdam photographing a federal building, and claimed it was against the law to do so. The officer called for back-up while interviewing the pair, saying it was a "Homeland Security issue." Anyway, the article's worth a read.

We called Phoenix police and forwarded them this article, hoping they could comment about the allegations. We'll let you know when they get back to us on the matter.

[UPDATE: See our April 7 post]


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