Posted on Mon Mar 1, 2010 06:45 AM PDT
Does this look like unnecessary force against a guy charged only with obstructing a pedestrian path? Photographers covering the wedding of The Bachelor Jason Mesnick and his new wife Molly Malaney Saturday in Rancho Palos Verdes got a little surprise when they were confronted by beefy security in suits, ready to shove their faces in the ground and have them ARRESTED just for standing in a path in a completely open, public hiking area.
We think four guys on one is a bit much for a person who was standing still where he should have been walking -- not exactly a violent crime, right?!
One photographer arrested during the incident tells X17online exclusively:
- "I'm pissed. Those guys were way out of line. We were not posing a threat to anyone and ABC staged a wedding area that was in clear view from the public property just next to it. If they wanted protection from the media, they should have had the ceremony indoors. I'm not going to let those guys get away with what they did -- they way they treated us was inhumane."
The shooter also told us he was kept at the police station until 2:30 am!!!!. Ironically - look at the video and see WHO was obstructing WHO. Hikers would have been able to easily pass by photographers standing on the trail; meanwhile, when security were trying to force shooters off the public property, THEY obstructed anyone from passing. Seems like a violation of California State Penal Code 647c PC to me ...
- 647c PC - Obstruction of street, sidewalk or other public place. Every person who willfully and maliciously obstructs the free movement of any person on any street, sidewalk, or other public place or in any place open to the public is guilty of a misdemeanor.
So just WHO should have been arrested here -- the photographers or the security guards?
In case you missed the disturbing video yesterday ...
And did you see in our video, the ABC cameras getting the whole thing on tape from the hotel room balcony? Put THAT in your edit, guys!
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