The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office is outraged after Jami Tillotson, a deputy public defender at the office, was arrested Tuesday outside a courtroom for asking a plainclothes officer not to interview her client or take his photograph.
According to a video released by the defender’s office, Tillotson and her client, an African-American male, are shown standing in a courtroom hallway when the officer, who has been identified as San Francisco Police Inspector Brian Stansbury, approaches and begins taking photos with what appears to be a camera phone.
Tillotson intervenes, and Stansbury can be heard threatening to arrest the attorney. “Look, you can either step aside, he can be released in two minutes or we can make this … ” Stansbury says.
Tillotson responds, “I’m pretty sure that we’re OK here. We don’t need any pictures taken, thank you.”
Stansbury continues: “No, you’re not pretty sure. If you continue with this … I’ll arrest you for resisting arrest.”