I watched some of the Mercer Island homecoming parade. It turns out that part way through, there was a man who tried to interfere with my taking photos and then he escalated his confrontation and his behavior against me by hitting my hand twice , just after I turned the camera to also take his photo. I assume he was attempting to knock the camera out of my hands or deflect the view of the camera away from him.
He did not like the idea of being photographed, apparently! He did manage to help me miss at least one interesting photo and I feel bad about that!
Just after he did so, I saw and called over to us MIPD support officer Anna and asked that she take my complaint for a charge of assault against the man, but she delayed any action. I said that the man had hit me twice and I said this to Anna, and the man denied it. I do not know if the man just lies easily, or, if he felt to slapping or hitting my hand was not of the same category as hitting me, per se.
I could be wrong, but it seems to me that since I desired to make a complaint of assault against the man, that Anna or another officer should have taken the complaint at the earliest possible reasonable time.
It is somewhat possible that the man is an employee of the school district in some way, given that he seemed to be associated with about 6 kids of school age.
After the confrontation with the man was over, one of the boys then said hi and took my photo by surprise, but that is ok . . . though if I were to have photos taken, I would dress up in a bow tie or other interesting items.
Perhaps I will wear a bow tie for some of my other visits to some events such as these parades.
So, wow, there I was walking out in public without weapons and I get slapped on the hand, twice . . . Presumably Anna is happier that way with me without weapons but we do not know.
I don’t know a lot of how God views things, but I think there are some things that God supports such as religious liberty and the American system and I think God liked certain court decisions. In the case of photos of the young ladies at some parades or the fair, does God have a position? I would guess that God supports freedom, but I don’t know.
However, for a guy who is attempting to interfere with my taking some photos, is he “fighting” on the wrong side, and therefore, doomed to fail? I don’t know!
A short time after the shooting death of Charleena Lyles in Seattle, I was walking at the Greenwood car show and browsing. I was wearing a short folding knife on a lanyard on neck and so my knife-wearing was a form of open carry.
At one point there was a SPD officer who was doing some show of some vehicle, as part of the car show, that people could get into and I wandered over and chatted with him about the death of Charleena Lyles. I think he looked at the knife on the lanyard 4 or 5 times! He looked at it several times and I wondered later if I should have taken it off while talking to him so that he was not uncomfortable! Of course, we were at the moment discussing a shooting death of a woman who had threatened two police officers with a knife and there are random evil-doers who have random evil intentions to police for being police.
I assume though, that for a guy who is slapping my hand while I have my camera at him, that drawing pepper spray is part of a reasonable response.
In any case, here are the photos of the event!