A man who legally took pictures of the Broward County Government Center and typed on his iPad is now wanted by Fort Lauderdale, Florida police.
The local media is also raising alarm and encouraging the public to call “crime stoppers” if anyone knows anything about the photographer, who has not violated any laws, noted PhotographyisNotaCrime.com.
Apparently, the "suspect" asked a security guard for directions around town, took his pictures and drove off on August 1, but not before a security guard took a photograph of the man (pictured) and called the police about this lawful activity.
Local 10 News did not question the manhunt, but rather interviewed a security guard and an unidentified woman who was glad police were tracking down the “suspicious photographer,” who wasn’t breaking any laws (video below).
The Sun Sentinel blared this headline: "Picture-taking man raises suspicions at Broward County Governmental Center" and reported:
Fort Lauderdale police are investigating the Aug. 1 episode as a “suspicious incident” and are asking for the public’s help identifying the man, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.
After asking a security guard “a variety of questions,” the guard witnessed the man at about 8 a.m. in a secured area of the building’s parking garage at 115 South Andrews Avenue taking panoramic photos or video and typing into an electronic tablet, Detective DeAnna Greenlaw, a spokeswoman for the department, said.
“The totality of the male’s actions raised concerns and he was told to leave the premises,” Greenlaw said.
The only possible "suspicious" action was that the man's car did not have a license plate, which could also mean he recently bought the car and has not been issued one.
Ironically, the Sun Sentinel published an article just a few days ago that debunks their August 21 story.
The law allows people to shoot video and photos in public places, including pictures or video of working law enforcement, but some people wind up arrested when they do so. Legal experts say some police officers are playing fast and loose with the law, and these arrests are often tossed.