Los Angeles based photographer Alex Stone was recently photographing some cars on what seemed like a desolate stretch of road. While he was at his work an agitated guy in a threatening looking SUV approached the photographer and his crew. He insisted that Stone and his crew were ‘on his driveway’.
The foul-mouthed individual kept yelling at the photographers to get off ‘his driveway’. When stone argued that they were on a road it only made things worse. This guy made repeated U-turns with his car, followed by intimidating run-ins straight towards Stone, almost running him over. The man also caught sight of Stone’s phone and enquired whether he was making a recording. When Stone answered in the affirmative that insinuated him further.
At one point when his intimidation did not work he got off his car. He physically challenged one of Stone’s crew members. Towards the end of the video you can see how Stone’s phone was thrown off his hands. Stone later claimed that the screen of his phone broke.
Watch the video to see how the incident unfolded. Please be advised strong language has been used. In a further update Fox5 from San Diego reports that the angry man in the video, 52-year old Mark Dwayne Gordon, was arrested last Sunday on account of assault with a deadly weapon, battery and vandalism.
While this verbal brawl and threat could not have been avoided, Stone on his part was right in standing his ground. A photographer has every right to photograph standing on public road.