Journalist Harassed By Georgia Law Enforcement For Photographing Sheriff’s Building

Mikael Thalen
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December 24th, 2013
Updated 12/24/2013 at 3:43 pm

A journalist investigating a police brutality case was confronted and harassed by Georgia law enforcement late last week, while attempting to photograph outside the Glynn County Sheriff’s Department.

Following video of Georgia police slamming a 70-year-old woman into the pavement earlier this month, Jeff Gray, journalist with Photography is Not a Crime, headed to Glynn County to investigate the incident.

While standing on a public sidewalk taking pictures of the sheriff’s department, which also houses the county’s jail and courthouse, Gray was confronted by two Glynn County court bailiffs.

“What can I do for you? What are you taking pictures of? You got some ID?” the first bailiff says while approaching Gray.

“Am I being detained?” Gray asks as the bailiff grabs his camera, momentarily disabling the recording.

Seemingly unhappy with Gray’s refusal to quit recording as well as his understanding of constitutional rights, the bailiff can be seen grabbing the camera again as a second bailiff approaches.

“Let me tell you something right now. If you took a picture of those inmates going into that courthouse, you and I are going to have a problem,” a man identified as Commander Fetch threatens.

Both bailiffs continue asking questions, demanding to know Gray’s employer, which he continually states, while claiming he needs permission to take pictures from the sidewalk.

After several attempts to find out whether or not he is being detained, Gray receives simultaneous and conflicting answers from both bailiffs. While Fetch claims to have detained Gray, the commander quickly becomes irate after struggling to provide any legal authority to do so.

Despite continued requests by Gray to be presented with a statute or law that prohibits photographing a building from a public sidewalk, Fetch answers by claiming the public sidewalk as sheriff’s department property.

“This is not a public place right here, this is ours,” Fetch says.

Unable to coerce or intimidate Gray, the bailiffs eventually move their attention to an unknown bystander observing the situation, unable to intimidate the man into leaving as well.

The bailiffs can eventually be seen retreating back inside the department in a second video as Glynn County Sheriff E. Neal Jump attempts to remedy the situation.

Although bee stings kill more Americans than terrorism, the bailiffs’ abrasive behavior reflects many federal government training courses that link photography to terrorism.

Similarly, Storyleak’s Anthony Gucciardi and the Infowars crew were confronted at the NSA’s Utah data center while attempting to locate public relations last October. Despite internal Homeland Security documents having to admit the legality of filming federal buildings, NSA security illegally confiscated the crew’s cameras in a failed attempt to delete their footage.

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Mikael Thalen

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Mikael is the lead features writer at Storyleak.com. His articles have been featured on sites such as the Drudge Report, Infowars and Natural News. During his time at Examiner.com, he was frequently ranked the number one political writer.

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  1. Despite internal Homeland Security documents having to admit the legality of filming federal buildings, NSA security illegally confiscated the crew’s cameras in a failed attempt to delete their footage.

  2. Mr.Lincoln says:

    Friday, December 20, 2013 Senate Passes NDAA 2014 via Fast Tracking, President To Sign Updated with roll call
    http://www.activistpost.com/2013/12/senate-passes

  3. Jeans says:

    Thanks Mikael and Storyleak for all of your great work!

  4. Ariane says:

    It seems like that something like this is not only happening in Georgia a lot but also in Ukraine… – I hope the situation will improve in 2014.

  5. G. Orwell says:

    What further proof of a police state is needed? Does not matter. The sheep and cattle will not EVER figure it out. Video proof is nothing to millions of ignorant closed minds; the graduates of Groupthink 101, Universal Mind Of The One True State.

    • Roger says:

      We know obama wants complete power (he doesn't have a clue how to actually lead of course) and martial law is a convenient way to do that. Revolt openly in the streets will end up just like Hitler. We need local people to use local control measures to reign in abuse as it happens. The recall in Colorado against the two senators that tried the gun control measures was a huge step in firing a 'figurative' warning shot.

  6. The sheep and cattle will not EVER figure it out

  7. WeeToddEdwards says:

    These two morons evidentally hate this country and the rights given to us by our Founding Fathers

    • Roger says:

      Are you going to declare jihad on them too?

      • WeeToddEdwards says:

        So you agree with what they did? Or was that just a other troll comment designed to stop the discussion.

        Why are you here?

        I am here to discuss issues your comment has nothing to do with the story

        • Roger says:

          Wee, my other comments seemed to have disappeared.
          You know what my position was.

          There is a line between a local sheriff being aware of what is golng on his community and abuse.
          This crossed that line. But if someone is photographing a jail or other law enforcement building there should be a reaction and someone should make sure it's on the up and up.

  8. Brett says:

    I’d say that screaming at him, being rude and threatening, telling him to leave the public sidewalk for doing nothing illegal, and telling him at least once that they were going to detain him would be considered harassment…. But that’s just my take on it.

  9. Roger says:

    Brett, some troll removed my comment, But I agree with you.

  10. G. Orwell says:

    There is only freedom or no freedom. Take your pick.

  11. Roger says:

    Freedom does not mean anarchy in the streets.

    A locally elected sheriff should know what's going on. That's entirely different than abuse of power.

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