On Friday, Mar. 6 at 2 a.m., the Gang Unit stopped the white vehicle in the photo above on Richards St. near Nelson, on the same block as Richards on Richards nightclub. They handcuffed the passengers, both men and women, and searched the car.
Before searching, a middle-aged officer turned to the passengers now sitting on the sidewalk and asked if they knew of anything he was going to find in the vehicle. They said no. The officer did not appear to find anything.
The Gang Unit travels in black SUVs.
The officer standing in the center of the above photo watching the passengers seated on the sidewalk, attempted with his arm to wave away the photographer standing on the other side of the street. Shortly afterwards, the officer turned around and said, "Please put your camera away."
A complaint the public is often heard making is that there is too much respect for the Charter rights of gang members. Apparently there is not enough for the Charter rights of photographers.