Police sketch artists have nothing on the art being made by San Francisco police officer Gared Hansen, unless your typical perp is a mermaid, vampire or fire goddess.
The 36-year old civil servant with an off-duty interest in erotic, fantasy photography has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit charging the city of San Francisco for unjustly suspending him due to his downtime hobby. And while the investigation that launched the suspension was partly spurred by the discovery of Hansen trespassing in an abandoned hotel to take photos of models (posing as ghosts), he says that the personal activity had nothing to do with his job.
Besides, declares Hansen, whose "figure study" photography he defends as both beautiful and interesting, "It seems like creating art is a benefit to the department."
But that's an opinion the department itself doesn't share. The cop of seven years complains that he was given "punishment assignments" by his superiors, such as transporting inmates to jail, all for the non-crime of producing art he says has no bearing on the reputation of the SFPD. "I don't believe that artistic expression brings discredit to anything," states Hansen.
Via The Daily Mail & Slate.
Agreed, but I'd sure like to see a bit more of the story from the other side. The revelation that this was caused by him Trespassing and subsequent investigation started sorta gets lost in his claims of Civil Right's Violations. I didn't read anywhere in the story a mention of them firing him over the incident. He committed a crime. A minor one, but there it is. He's a cop, he should know better.
Isn't this weird coming out of San Francisco? It's like they're bi-polar or something. Sex in the streets during the gay pride parade, but a cop taking naughty pictures in his off-time is verboten. Just weird.
He should be charged with trespassing, he is a police officer who is abusing his powers and breaking a law that he has punished others for. Yes I realize he shouldn't be suspended, but really old hotels, sounds suspicous if you ask me.
Illegally trespassng has everything to do with your job, law breaker -- whether as photographer or night stalker, Pilrim! You broke the law, officer! Deal with the consequences! Don't do the crime if you can't do he time! Don't do it! Don't do it! Keep your eye on the sparrow when the going gets narrow, Baretta!