Conor Risch of pdnpulse.com is reporting that misdemeanor criminal charges against photographer Jonas Lara were dropped at his trial in Los Angeles Tuesday. Lara had been charged with aiding and abetting vandalism in a February 2, 2010 incident during which he photographed three men spraying graffiti on an abandoned building. The charges were reduced to disturbing the peace, which does not result in a criminal record, and Lara agreed to pay $200 restitution to the property owner toward the removal of the graffiti.
The LAPD refused to return Lara's camera equipment to him yesterday despite a court order issued by the trial judge instructing them to do so.
If you'd like to get the photographer's own take on these events, his blog is here (it hasn't been updated as of this writing).
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