Christopher Fussell was stopped by three officers from taking pictures at the Baltimore Cultural Light Rail Station.
Fussell: “It is my understanding that I am free to take pictures as long as it’s not for commercial purposes but for personal use,” Fussell said in the video.
Officer: “Not on state property, not without proper authorization,” an officer said.
Fussell: “From who?”
Officer: “Nobody’s allowed to take pictures.”
MTA administrator Ralign Wells says this is not true.
The officer eventually threatened to take Fussell into custody.
“Do you have Maryland state identification on you?” the officer asked.
“I am not committing a crime,” Fussell said.
“Sir, I’m going to ask you one last time, then I’m going to take you into custody. Do we understand each other?” the officer said.
The ACLU considers it harassment by the MTA.
“This is not South Africa under apartheid and in this country, police do not have the right to walk up to you and demand you produce identification to them,” said David Rocah, ACLU.