Mar 24, 2006

Photographer held for hours by police

Spokesman admits the officers were out of line, union disagrees

Source: ABC 7 News
Reported by Joe Torres

(White Plains, Westchester County -WABC, March 21, 2006) – A local photographer is looking for an apology after he was held for hours by police.

He was taken into custody for questioning because of what he decided to snap a couple of shots of.

Eyewitness News reporter Joe Torres is live in White Plains with the story.

As a freelance photographer, Ben Hider carries his camera with him just about everywhere, and so it was on Friday, as he was heading to the train station in White Plains he stopped to snap some beauty shots on the flags in front of the court house. That’s when his trouble began.

Ben Hider, Photographer: “Three police officers ran at me, immediately, telling me to stop where I was.”

And that’s exactly what Ben Hider did. He even showed the court officers the pictures he took and offered to delete them. Moments later they escorted him inside the courthouse for two hours of questioning.

Ben Hider, Photographer: “Emptied my pockets, searched me, frisked me, started telling me about the recent terrorist threats in America over the past five years and ‘haven’t I been watching the news?’”

The 27-year-old is a graduate of SUNY Purchase. He’s lived in the states for eight years and he has a green card, but he says his British citizenship only raised the officers’ suspicion.

A spokesman for the office of court administration admits the officers were out of line.

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