I was driving past the Dolores Park( unemployment office) a few Saturdays ago, when I witnessed an interesting non-event. An SUV making a left turn south on to Dolores hit a cyclist going through the crosswalk. The cyclist was flying through the intersection,and the driver did a pretty good job of not killing the guy. The driver, a well dressed woman clearly not from “the mission” was mortified and did her best to aid the cyclist who it appeared was unhurt. It was a mere accident, most likely caused by the driver being blinded by all the pasty white skin on display in the park that day. Suddenly, from out of the crowded park appeared Pony Tail Guy with his cell phone. I believe he had a laminate around his neck saying,”Cell Phone Photojournalist looking to create tension.” So the guy starts snapping photos with his phone and getting in everyone’s face. So now we have tension as the driver starts getting uneasy when the guy starts taking photos of her license plate. Sure enough a small crowd begins to gather, and being a hot day, a few big losers start to taunt the woman because she drives an SUV. Yeah, that’s a crime.
Now I understand the need for civilians to help monitor each other, but this was not an Oscar Grant type of event. And as far as I know you do not win a Pulitzer for a cell phone photo. If you want to be a photographer, then at least carry a proper camera. If somehing bad had happened on this day, the thought of looking at low res video and photos over and over again makes me sick.