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Swinger Gets Chased on 3rd Ave While Filming

Note:  Rick Swinger is a large man.  Today, Friday 6 December, he and Craig Anthony were filming the pollution on 3rd Ave when two vagrants ran after him swinging a skateboard.  He took refuse in Gold’s Gym.  This is the letter he wrote to his senior lead officer Adrian Acosta.

By Rick Swinger

As you know Local and National News crews are doing interviews on 3rd Ave and have a right to do so but I want to inform you that they also put their lives in danger here.

I was chased down 3rd today while I was filming the pollution and over flowing trash cans with my friend Craig Anthony.  A couple of vagrants ran after me swinging a large skate board and yelling at me! This is a danger zone full of crimes, drugs and violence but we as a nation need to see this for without awareness we wont solve these problems. Google has 24/7 CCTV cameras and I’m sure they caught this along with all the other crimes that happen on this street.

You will most likely have to subpoena them but I would imagine they have all sorts of crimes attributed to them already.

Please provide us LAPD foot patrols like our Mayor Eric Garcetti has for his employees at City Hall.  That is the only way you will be able to protect this neighborhood and the news crews that frequently film here.

Comments (12)

  1. Rick Swinger

    Promoting violence again Mike (Bozo) Bravo. Is your trust fund running out?

  2. Rick Swinger

    Yes we all have a right to film in public places so ask these Professional News Crews how many times they get harassed by these vagrants while doing their job and informing the public. Here is what Wikipedia writes…The concept of freedom of speech is often covered by the same laws as freedom of the press, thereby giving equal treatment to spoken and published expression. Now ask yourself if you don’t like to be filmed why camp on a sidewalk that has Google’s 24/7 CCTV’s pointed at you!

  3. reta

    Yes, one does have the right to film people in public places without their permission. Check it out on Google or an attorney.

    • John Harrison Esq.

      Not without getting them to sign a release you don’t. That’s why the media pixellates faces on some of their reports. The only exceptions are public servants like the police and politicians and celebrities who are already in the public eye.

      • Rick Swinger

        From Wikipedia Photography and the law. United States[edit]
        Local, state, and national laws govern still and motion photography. Laws vary between jurisdictions, and what is not illegal in one place may be illegal in another. Typical laws in the United States are as follows:

        Public property[edit]

        Some museums do not allow photography.
        It is legal to photograph or videotape anything and anyone on any public property, within reasonable community standards.[47]
        Photographing or videotaping a tourist attraction, whether publicly or privately owned, is generally considered legal, unless explicitly prohibited by a specific law or statute.[citation needed]
        Private property[edit]
        Photography may be prohibited or restricted by a property owner on their property. However, a property owner generally cannot restrict the photographing of the property by individuals who are not within the bounds of the property.[47]
        Photography on private property that is generally open to the public (e.g., a shopping mall) is usually permitted unless explicitly prohibited by posted signs. Even if no such signs are posted, the property owner or agent can ask a person to stop photographing, and if the person refuses to do so, the owner or agent can ask the person to leave; in some jurisdictions, a person who refuses to leave can be arrested for criminal trespass, and many jurisdictions recognize the common-law right to use reasonable force to remove a trespasser; a person who forcibly resists a lawful removal may be liable for battery, assault, or both.[48]
        Outer space[edit]
        Remote sensing of the earth from outer space is regulated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which requires that a license be issued in advance.[49]

  4. Rick Swinger

    NBC Channel 4 News had been on 3rd filming a Streets of Shame episode and told me they get harassed all the time by these vagrants also Dateline with Craig Melvin had their own under cover security while filming our interview. These folks always try to take our rights away to film on this public street by harassment. It also happens to Reta Moser often from Veniceupdate! She is a tiny lady and these vagrants throw things at her! Sad really if they only knew that bringing public awareness to their problems is the fastest way to solving them!

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