ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A member of the group Photography is Not a Crime was arrested Monday in St. Johns County after deputies said he violated a trespass warning issued by the school district.
That warning was issued in December, after Jeff Gray took photos of buses while watching to see if the drivers were completing required inspections before they drove off.
The district said it respected Gray’s right to ask those questions but didn’t want him harassing the wrong people, and sued Gray over his “guerilla tactics to obtain records.”
The trespass warning said Gray needed to stay at least 500 feet from school safety zones.
On Monday, Gray was protesting the warning near St. Augustine High School and when deputies found him within 19 feet of the school, he was arrested without incident.
The PINAC group said on its website that a St. Johns County judge reduced bail to $250 but refused to drop the charges against Gray.
“The St. Johns Sheriff’s Office has wanted to detain Gray for many months now, after the local schools Superintendent declared him persona non grata, even though Gray has a son currently attending St. Augustine High School and two other children in the system,” PINAC wrote on its site.
PINAC encouraged its members to contact the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office to voice their concerns over the arrest.