The Tuesday afternoon arrest of attorney Jami Tillotson as she denied police officers’ attempts to take photos of her client without explanation raised questions about police intimidation and harassment, Public Defender Jeff Adachi said at a Wednesday news conference.
A video of the incident shows the plainclothes policeman telling her, “If you continue with this, I will arrest you for resisting arrest.” Of course, the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides her client, in fact all accused persons, with the right to counsel. Intimidating, and indeed arresting, any attorney for discharging their Constitutional duty to their client is incompatible with that right. And whether he had a right to counsel at the time of questioning is beside the point – he did have counsel and she was present – until she got disappeared by white cops.
She was detained, and San Francisco police say they’re now investigating her for a possible charge under a state law that includes resisting arrest, as well as obstructing justice.
Adachi said, “This is not Guantanamo Bay. You have an absolute right to have a lawyer with you when you’re questioned. Ms. Tillotson was simply doing her job.”
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