Man: Agent Seized Camera At Federal Building

CBS Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle privacy activist says a plainclothes federal agent briefly seized his camera this week after he took photographs from a public sidewalk near the federal building downtown, and that he was harassed by a different federal officer the next day.

Phil Mocek said he was walking to work Wednesday morning when he took a picture of what appeared to be unmarked or personal vehicles parked in a row of spots reserved for law enforcement outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building.

Soon afterward, a white truck that had been parked in one of the spots drove by Mocek and pulled a U-turn, parking crooked in the street, he said. A man got out and grabbed his camera.

Mocek called 911, and two Seattle police officers arrived but refused to take a report. The man who took the camera identified himself as an agent with the Bureau…

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