Always Bully the Bullies (With Your Camera)

I was in Sacramento for the night with my girlfriend, and after coming out of a local establishment I came upon Sacramento Police Officer Michael Hotch #472. It appeared to me as if he was trying to enforce some arbitrary curfew on these people, while they waited for a food handout. I asked the cop multiple questions pertaining to the interaction, never did he give any hint that there had been a crime committed.

Also he kept trying to take photos of me, Initially I refused, and kept placing my hand in front of my face, but since I was from out of town the next time he attempted to take a photo instead of covering my face, I gave him the finger. Cops aren’t taking a photo of you to be funny, they are keeping a record of people who film them. If you can avoid it, I would suggest it.

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He also made it point to mention that I was “bullying” him with my camera. What does that even mean? The only thing I was doing was asking questions. Never did I call him a “pig” or say “fuck the police” or in any way try to demean him. I remained polite, and courteous throughout the entire conversation.

If he actually felt bullied by the camera and my questions, I wonder how people feel when an armed stranger tells them they can’t assemble in public?

A bully is someone who uses superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants. By telling a group of people on a street that they can’t be there, while not saying anything to the drunk hipsters coming out of the bars on the same street is acting out the definition of the word bully.

Why do the police make it a habit out of harassing peaceful people who are socially or economically beneath them? Is it fun for them to exhibit this playground behavior? Is it something that happened to them when they were kids, and now in order to feel empowered they pick on those who are vulnerable? longdwc - banner


Brian Sumner

is an Activist, Journalist and Photographer from the Fresno area who has taken a special interest in the "Police State". He facilitates a watchdog group called the Fresno Liberty Movement, advocates filming the police and alternatives to state controlled protection services. He also served in the U.S Army from Oct. 08' thru Mar. 12' with a tour in Iraq in 2010. Most recently he participated in the CopBlock Network's #MACtour Check out more of my writing at: The Fresno People's Media & Follow me on Social media: Facebook YouTube