Monday, November 22, 2010

San Diego Harbor Police Violation Code 7.14(a) - what is it?


I haven't really commented on the whole TSA bodyscan/grope brouhaha, primarily because I didn't have anything really to say about it. And finally when I do have something to say about the whole thing, it's technically not a TSA issue.

This particular story involves the San Diego Harbor Police.

And the interesting part to me isn't the main story about Sam Wolanyk, who didn't want to be bodyscanned, didn't want to be groped, stripped down to form-fitting bicycle shorts, bla bla bla. That resulted in one charge against him. However, Wolanyk was charged with two items:

The incident was confirmed by Harbor Police Sergeant Rakos who said Wolanyk was arrested on two misdemeanors, “failing to complete the security process; violation code 7.01 and illegally recording the San Diego Airport Authority (they confiscated his iPhone); violation number 7.14 (a).”

Yup, that's right, illegal recording. In fact, the San Diego Harbor Police noted that Wolanyk wasn't the only person guilty of this.

[Director of Communications Ronald] Powell also stated that there was another arrest of a woman who was allegedly illegally filming the x-ray, and TSA screening process with a video camera. The young woman’s camera was confiscated and she was given a citation and released from Harbor Police custody.

Powell did not specifically state whether the woman was cited on violation number 7.14 (a), or whether she was cited on something else.

Now when such codes are brought up, it's always a good idea to look at them. And many codes are available online - for example, you can find the California Vehicle Code here.

But so far, I have been unable to locate San Diego Harbor Police violation code 7.14(a), 7.01, or any other possible San Diego Harbor Police code that one could potentially violate.

I did find a San Diego Unified Port District Code in a PDF file accessible from this page, but section 7 of that particular code was labeled as "Engineering" with no code provisions. (I checked section 8.14 - it concerned parking meters.)

There is no section 7.14(a) in the San Diego Municipal Code.

So where is this mysterious section 7.14(a)? And is it worth repealing?

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