I find this most disturbing as a photographer and as a citizen. ~ Lo
by Aaron Dykes
August 7, 2007
Fairport, NY – Police arrested three anti-war demonstrators for allegedly trespassing at the privately-owned district office of Congressman Randy Kuhl (R – NY), apparently on the orders of Welker Property Management, the landlords. Two of the three arrested were carrying signs related to “9/11 Truth,” including Wendy Painting, one of those arrested, who is a member of “Rochester 9/11 Truth” and an Indymedia reporter.
Painting says all of those arrested were press members. She says that police confiscated her camera and later used its conditional return as incentive to provide information about other cameramen at the event.
“I was told that if I identified the other people taking pictures, I would be allowed to keep my camera.”
Because she refused to identify others, she was told she won’t be able to get her camera back until December. She was released with a citation and her camera remains under police custody.
Wendy Painting said police had also threatened her with jail when she initially refused to show ID and also acted suspiciously towards a tattoo on her arm depicting a “smoking pistol” that Painting says is a personal memento that should obviously be irrelevant to police concerns.
fpd (at) village.fairport.ny.us
Congressman Kuhl’s Fairport District Office:
220 Packett’s Landing
Fairport, New York 14450
585 223-4760 (phone)
585 223-2328 (fax)
Kuhl’s Washington Office:
1505 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
202 225-3161 (phone)
202 226-6599 (fax)
Welker Property Management, Inc
Wendy Painting can be contacted at illbirdgirl (at) yahoo.com
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August 06, 2007