The San Francisco public defender’s office ripped police for arresting one of its attorneys as she challenged a detective photographing and speaking to her client, SFGate.com reported.
“This is not Guantanamo Bay,” the head of the office, John Adachi, said. “You have an absolute right to have a lawyer with you when you’re questioned.”
Adachi’s office released video of deputy public defender Jami Tillotson stepping between Inspector Brian Stansbury outside a courtroom on Tuesday. Stanbury can be seen telling the client, “I just want to take some pictures, OK, and he’ll be free to go.”
Tillotson, who was defending the client against a misdemeanor theft charge, immediately steps in. Stanbury asks her to step away from the client, then walks back toward her and asks her to step aside.
“I’m pretty sure that we’re OK,” she replies. “We don’t need any pictures taken, thank you.”
“No, you’re not pretty sure,” Stanbury says. “If you continue with this, I will arrest you for resisting arrest.”
“Please do,” Tillotson says. Stanbury quickly takes a pair of handcuffs from an officer and places her under arrest. She states that she not resisting arrest and is representing her client before another officer leads her away. At that point, Stanbury goes back to taking pictures of her client.
Tillotson was held for an hour on charges of resisting arrest before being released. Police spokesperson Albie Esparza said on Wednesday that Stanbury was justified in his actions because her client was a person of interest in a separate investigation.
Esparza also said that the matter will be forwarded to the local district attorney’s office for review “when appropriate.”
The San Francisco Examiner reported that one of Stanbury’s colleagues filed a federal civil rights suit against him accusing the inspector of racial profiling.
Watch footage of Tillotson’s arrest, as posted online on Wednesday, below.
GOPer threatens to quit party on live TV over QAnon Republicans ‘who think Lord of the Rings is a documentary’
Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) on Sunday slammed members of his own party who believe in conspiracy theories pushed by QAnon.
During an interview on Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked Riggleman about "this wacky QAnon conspiracy that has led to some violent actions."
Todd noted that Republican Party had officially endorsed and funded QAnon follower Marjorie Taylor Greene for Congress.
"I might as well just piss everybody off," Riggleman replied. "I think if we're doing this, if we're looking at misinformation to pander to a subset of voters, I think we've lost our way."
CNN’s Tapper fires back at White House’s Meadows for personal attack about mask-wearing
During a long and very contentious interview with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, CNN "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper snapped back at Donald Trump's righthand man for trying to mock him for not wearing a mask during the interview where Meadows was not in the studio.
After grilling Meadows for agreeing to designate Vice President Mike Pence as an "essential worker" so he can continue to campaign for Donald Trump after his office became a COVID-19 hotspot, the CNN host pressed Meadows why the president continues to refuse to wear a mask and doesn't demand it of his rallygoers.
Chris Wallace battles GOP chairwoman over laptop smear: ‘Do you have any proof Joe Biden took one penny?’
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel on Sunday refused to say if she had any proof of allegations of corruption against Democratic nominee Joe Biden's son Hunter.
Fox News host Chris Wallace grilled McDaniel about the Trump campaign's smear against the Biden family on Fox News Sunday.
"Do you have any proof -- because he's denied it -- do you have any proof that Joe Biden every took one penny from either a foreign country or a foreign company?" Wallace asked.
"I think that's incumbent upon the press to start investigating," McDaniel replied. "I think what's frightening is we should have a free and fair press that should be looking at a laptop that has not been disputed by the Biden campaign to be authentic. These emails are deeply troubling as it looks like Hunter Biden is negotiating with a Chinese energy company to profit, not just for himself, but for his father."