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Photographer Jerome Vorus claims D.C. police violated his rights when they ordered him to stop photographing officers in Georgetown last summer.
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Photographer Jerome Vorus claims D.C. police violated his rights when they ordered him to stop photographing officers in Georgetown last summer.

Jerome Vorus, 20, was told by police that he couldn't photograph police officers without their permission when he stopped to take photos of the officers conducting a traffic stop in July of 2010.

"They told me to put the camera away, to stop audio recording and that I am being detained ... and that it is unlawful within the District to photograph and audio record police officers without prior consent," Vorus told NBC Washington.

They took his identification, something which amounts to him being illegally detained, according to the ACLU's Arthur Spitzer.

"As long as she was holding on to his ID, he was not free to just walk away," he told NBC Washington.

The D.C. Attorney General's office has 20 days to respond to the suit.

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