White House happenings

I’m not a big fan of using crime scene tape in photos. It’s too obvious and a big time photo cliche. However, I couldn’t pass this one up since I’m not exactly a Washington insider and it’s rare to say the least that I find myself photographing a police scene directly in front of the White House.

That’s exactly what I was doing the other day though after a group of 91 demonstrators, many of which where in wheelchairs, were arrested briefly and given citations for failing to respond to police directions. The demonstrators refused to move back when instructed and some even chained themselves to the iron fence surrounding the north lawn of the White House, a relative no-no. It was a fairly obvious and planned set of circumstances by the demonstrators, no doubt realizing their cause could be elevated if images of Washington Police handcuffing disabled Americans were published around the world.

The story certainly got more play in the papers and television news shows the following morning than if the demonstrators had been abiding by the laws.

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