CALIFORNIA: On January 27, 2015 a San Francisco deputy public defender (Jami Tilloston) was handcuffed and arrested at the Hall of Justice after she objected to city police officers questioning her client outside a courtroom. Jami Tilloston's office called the incident outrageous and while police officials defended the arrest as appropriate. Tillotson’s client had just finished making an appearance with a co-defendant for a misdemeanor theft charge when they left the courtroom and came under questioning by a plainclothes police officer. Other attorneys with the public defender’s office filmed the arrest by plainclothes officer, Sgt. Brian Stansbury.
Officer: “I just want to take some pictures, OK, and he’ll be free to go.”
Officer: “If you continue to do this, I will arrest you for resisting arrest.”
Lawyer: “Please do.”
“It was very clear to me that I hadn’t been doing anything illegal,” she said at the Wednesday news conference. “I was challenging him, telling him that you know that I know that I did not violate the law. He moved it forward.” Public Defender Jeff
Adachi said he was hoping for “some accountability” from the Police Department. “A uniform does not give anyone license to bully people out of their constitutional rights,” he said. “If police are able to do this to a deputy public defender in front of her client, I can only imagine what is happening out on the streets.” What do you think?