|Justin Thomas being arrested|
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after taking photos for a school project.
Justin Thomas, 29, was taking photos and video outside a police station in Brooklyn, New York, when officers confronted him and told him he was not allowed to do so.
He was arrested and given a desk appearance ticket despite standing on public property.
The Manhattan film student, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Brooklyn, after he was wrongfully arrested.
Thomas, who is a graduate student at the School of Visual Arts, was recording the 72nd Precinct as part of a documentary he was making about Sunset Park, called "Truth Through a Lens," according to his lawsuit filed Wednesday, in Brooklyn Federal Court.
A police sergeant identified in the complaint as Viet Cato, came out of the station and confronted Thomas. He erroneously told Thomas that he needed a permit to film the building, according to the lawsuit.
Officer Cato confiscated the camera and another unidentified police officer removed the memory card. The officer did not realize that the camera had a second memory card, which recorded their confrontation.
Thomas was locked up for about three hours before being released with a desk appearance on charges of obstruction of governmental administration.
“I’m standing up for myself because I don’t think I should have been detained or arrested for this, but I’m also standing up for all of us as photographers and filmmakers. We have every right to film on a public street,” Thomas said.