Last weekend in Darlington there was a sheriff's station set up right next to the souvenir stands. As Jeff and are were heading back to our camp site after doing some people watching and shopping we saw some guys in handcuffs being processed by the police.
A group of prisoners
I saw something that I had never seen before. Leg irons!
After taking a few pictures the officer below announced, "Alright, you got your souvenir pictures. Move along, it's against the law to photograph inmates." Jeff and I were confused. How can it be possible in the land of free and the brave to photograph the police as they put fellow Americans in chains, whether it's warranted or not? Also, how can they be inmates if they are just being arrested? Obviously I put away my camera and we moved on. I didn't drive two hours and pay big bucks for a ticket to the race to argue the constitution with the Darlington Sheriff department.
One thing we did notice, and you can see quite well in the first picture, was how well the arrested were taking to their arrest. They were laughing and joking the whole time. I figured the were more than likely quite drunk and would be laughing a lot less in a few hours when they sobered up in the can.