Photographer attacked in San Francisco after photographing an accident

Aug 30, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Photographer attacked in San Francisco after photographing an accident

Aug 30, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Photography is not a crime. Sucker punching a man and beating him while on the ground is. This lesson was learned by three individuals in San Francisco recently after attacking photographer Peter Muller. Muller had taken a couple of photos of an accident that had occurred to send to a friend over Snapchat who was out of town.

Muller says the accident was due to a taxi driver falling asleep at the wheel. He drove into the sidewalk, “obliterated the news stand”, continued into a shoeshine shop, critically injuring two people. Muller had been photographing the aftermath of accident when the trio confronted him.

Paramedics had already begun removing the last of those involved in the accident when Muller arrived on the scene. He then began to photograph the property damage and the taxi because he couldn’t believe what he was seeing and how much damage had been caused. This is the point at which they approached him.

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These 3 lovely individuals verbally attacked me for taking pictures. They assumed I was taking a photo of the victims, even though all I did was send 2 direct snapchats of the taxi & property damage to an ex-colleague who was out of town.

– Peter Muller

Initially he was verbally abused by the two women. Upon attempting to walk away, the man that accompanied them felt this would be a good time to sucker punch him from behind. All three went on to attack him once he hit the ground.

Fortunately, the little coward that sucker punched Muller was unable to overpower him. Muller held him to the ground while he awaited the police, who were already just a short distance down the street. One of the women delivered repeated kicks to Muller’s head. Passers-by quickly came to help, to help restrain the women.

After the police arrived, all three were arrested thanks to the many witness accounts and the video shown above filmed from a nearby window.

Criminals.

I find it very poetic that these people got angry about pictures/video and are probably going to be f**ked by a picture/video.

– Peter Muller

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard stories of photographers being attacked doing completely legal things. It probably won’t be the last. Hopefully, as more are publicly brought to justice, people will learn that you just randomly attack people.

To be honest, I think Peter displayed quite some restraint in his response. I’m not sure I would have. If something like this ever happens to you, be sure to capture as much video evidence as you can.

Have you been the victim of confrontation like this? How did you handle it? Have you seen a rise or a decrease in reactions like this to photography near you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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11 responses to “Photographer attacked in San Francisco after photographing an accident”

  1. Not Sure Avatar
    Not Sure

    typical combo of entitled women and a stupid whiteknight interjecting himself because… “women are yelling”….

    each one of them should bit the curb

    1. suruha Avatar
      suruha

      Just what is your understanding of the term ‘Entitled Women’?

      1. Not Sure Avatar
        Not Sure

        well .. these two seem to feel as though they are entitled to tell someone else what they can or can’t do … as well as to express that feeling by use of violence … they also seem to be surprised that THEY might actually be held accountable for their actions….

        1. suruha Avatar
          suruha

          I honestly didn’t know. Thank you! People don’t think! We are all entitled to exercise our rights, but, not at the expense of another’s rights. I marched to a different drummer back in the 70’s by WANTING to stay home and raise a family, while women’s rights advocates, of which I was a participant to, ‘demanded’ that a woman go out and work and make the same amount as a man, etc, etc, etc. LOL. Then, 10 years, or so, later, women were WANTING to stay home. So, first, I got pity for staying home, then, jealousy because I could. LOL
          I know the type, as far as ‘Entitled Women’, I believe. I’m a feminist, but, I don’t advertise or flaunt it. It’s for me, but, may not be for the next woman. I just try to live by certain principles for me.
          Thank you! Sorry about babbling.
          Su

  2. Not Sure Avatar
    Not Sure

    if it wasn’t for all the witnesses and video .. the man would have gone to jail for verbally assaulting the women

  3. Mike Ng Avatar
    Mike Ng

    be careful my friend, there are a lot of people who think they can use violence to justify their views- but do not respect other peoples rights. photographers are the most vulnerable

    1. Sean Avatar
      Sean

      Just look at Hillary supporters at Trump rally’s.

      1. Mike Ng Avatar
        Mike Ng

        I think everyone has the euro soccer mentality –that their side needs a little bit more adrenaline and violence to have each others side be on top.

      2. suruha Avatar
        suruha

        Still living in the past, eh? SMH

  4. scurvyelephant Avatar
    scurvyelephant

    I used to take photos for a newspaper — it was a smallish town and the editor wanted photos of accidents and such –I used to get yelled at quite a bit by passerby when taking those photos. I have to admit sometimes I felt not so great about taking photos of other people’s misfortunes, but it was my job at the time.

  5. suruha Avatar
    suruha

    Definitely poetic justice! A film taking down a trio who objected to a photo!