We at the studio were sick to our stomachs when we read this!  If we can get past all the dry heaves and swearing, we will tell you why we are upset.  Normally, we would not comment on this situation using this platform, but being that it directly involved photographers…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

P.S.- Accept when taking pictures “with no apparent esthetic value.”

That’s right, the Long Beach pig…uh…er…police department has taken it upon themselves to disregard the constitution as a matter of standard department procedure.

The LBPD, detained a local news contributor for taking pictures “with no apparent esthetic value” as stated by police chief Jim McDonnell.

All hail the oppressors of civil liberties! That is sarcasm by the way.

Jim McDonnell Long Beach police chief

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