Texas man suing over “illegal photography” arrest

Francisco Olvera is now suing the Sealy Police Department for trespass, assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution, according to [__Courthouse News.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/28235.htm)

It is not clear when the actual incident occurred but it started when police were dispatched to Olvera’s home following a noise complaint.

Sealy Police Sgt. Justin Alderete confronted Olvera in front of his home, demanding to see his identification.

When Olvera stepped into his home to retrieve his identification, Alderete following him inside.

Olvera snapped a photo of Alderete inside his home.

Alderete handcuffed Olvera when he saw a can of beer on the kitchen counter.

Besides “illegal photography,” Olvera was charged with “public intoxication (in his own home?)” and “loud music.”

Earlier today, I called Olvera’s attorney, Ronald Darby, for more details but he  wanted to take a look at my website before commenting because for all he knew, I could be one of the cops involved, he told me.

So I sent him a link to *PINAC* but he never got back to me.

Francisco Olvera is now suing the Sealy Police Department for trespass, assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution, according to [__Courthouse News.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/28235.htm)

It is not clear when the actual incident occurred but it started when police were dispatched to Olvera’s home following a noise complaint.

Sealy Police Sgt. Justin Alderete confronted Olvera in front of his home, demanding to see his identification.

When Olvera stepped into his home to retrieve his identification, Alderete following him inside.

Olvera snapped a photo of Alderete inside his home.

Alderete handcuffed Olvera when he saw a can of beer on the kitchen counter.

Besides “illegal photography,” Olvera was charged with “public intoxication (in his own home?)” and “loud music.”

Earlier today, I called Olvera’s attorney, Ronald Darby, for more details but he  wanted to take a look at my website before commenting because for all he knew, I could be one of the cops involved, he told me.

So I sent him a link to *PINAC* but he never got back to me.

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Carlos Millerhttps://pinacnews.com
Editor-in-Chief Carlos Miller spent a decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in the Southwest before returning to his hometown Miami and launching Photography is Not a Crime aka PINAC News in 2007. He also published a book, The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which is available on Amazon.

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