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John Dingler's Report: Occupy Riverside. Mission Inn Security Squad Harasses Photographer

by John Dingler, artist Thursday, Dec. 08, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Mission Inn Security Squad of four hyperactive individuals, two of whose names may be A. Appello and Peter Demian, threatened photographer John Dingler with confiscation of personal property, arrest, and incarceration for photographing them without permission on a public sidewalk.

The second raid on Occupy Riverside occurred on Wed. Nov. 30, 2011. No longer being tied down with tents and food to a specific location, participants in the Occupy Riverside marched the next day, on Thu. Dec. 1, down Main St. Promenade and turned right on 5th. st., going around the Mission Inn. I followed them to make a visual record consisting of still images and videos.

This is the YouTube video of the event:

And shortly (at 4:40 in the video), a private security squad from the Mission Inn consisting of four Mission Inn guards assembled before me, cutting me off from the main Occupy Riverside strollers. I decided to record them as it stalked the strollers.

Oh my! At we turned right on Mission Inn Blvd., one of them noticed me recording them along with the strollers, threatening me with jail and confiscation should I not stop recording, this, on a public sidewalk. The name taped to his mobile phone is "A. Appello," as shown at 6:36.

The fun came when I continued to record. Two members of the squad followed me across Mission Inn Blvd., with one of the two, whose badge at 12:19 revealed his name to be "Peter Demian," attempting to intimidate me on the public sidewalk with threats of confiscation of my personal property, arrest, and incarceration. He also issued a series of ad hominem attacks on me.

Would appreciate any reactions/observations from the legal perspective.
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