Beginning in 2004, New York City photographer Shawn Randall Thomas began conducting First Amendment audits before they were even called First Amendment audits by photographing government officials in public to test their knowledge of our Constitutional right to photograph or record in public.
He has been arrested numerous times over the years and has learned how to defend himself in court without an attorney. He is now suing the NYPD for more than $12 million over an unlawful arrest after he was arrested for dropping off an affidavit against a cop at a police station without identify himself which is not a crime.
The affidavit had his name on it along with the name of the commanding officer from that police station but the cops said they did not want to open the envelope for their "safety."
One of the cops who arrested him was actually a retired cop who no longer had the authority to arrest anybody.