Cop Watcher Jailed Twice (LA Weekly)
Thursday April 26th, 2012
Cop watching — the act of turning a camera on police — is not illegal.
But in areas policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, it can still land you in jail.
And even when it's a bogus arrest and the fanciful charges against you are abruptly dropped the next day, it can be scary, expensive, time-consuming and, of course, intimidating.
That's what happened — twice — to Raven Williams, 28, whose dad was a New Orleans cop, and who today is an occasional participant in Cop Watch L.A., a little-known group of more than a dozen citizens determined to police the police.