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San Diego Photojournalist Claims He Was Roughed Up at U.S.-Mexico Border

San Diego Patch regional editor Ken Stone has an alarming update about the fortunes of 49-year-old Ramona freelancer J.C. Playford. After recently reporting about the reinstatement, after three years, of Playford’s San Diego Police press pass, Stone has details of a Tuesday altercation at the U.S.-Mexico border involving the photojournalist, an off-duty SDP officer and Department of Homeland Security official.

From Stone’s report:

Playford says he filed a formal complaint Wednesday against a San Diego police officer over what he calls an “assault and battery” incident on the [San Ysidro] pedestrian bridge.

Playford posted three YouTube videos depicting his exchanges with authorities on and near the bridge, where he says he had stopped to film a K-9 drug search of a car passing into the United States. “This is what a dictatorship looks like,” Playford says in one video during his time talking to police.

Playford says his SPD credentials were revoked on Tuesday night, following hte incident. Complicating matters is the fact that the off-duty SPD officer, who the photojournalist alleges shoved him in the face with a cell phone, is named in a currently pending First Amendment lawsuit filed by Playford.

To view the above-referenced Playford YouTube videos, click here.

[Image courtesy CPB]

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