Suspicious Photographer Removed After 'Tracking' Sen. Brown at Patch Event

On Friday night at the inauguration party of the "unofficial mayor of West Roxbury," a man was seen taking photos of U.S. Senator Scott Brown every step he took, which attracted the attention of a Boston Police deputy.

Editor's note: The following incident is based on a Boston Police Department report. 

A man had to be removed Friday night from the  of the "unofficial mayor of West Roxbury," after he kept on taking photos of . The man was not arrested by the , but he allegedly said he was a "tracker" for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, assigned to film Brown.

Around 9 p.m. a Boston Police Department deputy working Lord Mayor Richie Gormley's Inauguration Party at West Roxbury's , was told by several people that a man was taking photos of Brown every step he took, according to a police report. 

The deputy watched the man through the crowd following Brown and saw people pointing at the rogue photographer. After stopping the man, he explained he was a "tracker" only filming Brown for the Massachusetts Democratic Party. He stated Republicans do the same thing to Democrats. 

The man left without any further incident after being asked to leave.

Members of the Republican and Democratic parties confirmed to West Roxbury Patch that both parties hire people to take photos of members of the opposing party.

West Roxbury Patch asked readers to select the "unofficial mayor" of the neighborhood and then followed up with a huge parade and fundraiser last weekend. The event attracted more than a dozen politicians, including Brown, Mayor Thomas Menino, city councilors, state representatives and state senators.

LT Weinberg April 04, 2012 at 12:17 PM
The headline and lede say the man was "suspicious" and "had to be removed." But the article says that he was just a tracker, which both republicans and democrats confirm they employ, and that he left when asked to. So...not suspicious. And not "removed." More importantly, this was a Patch event, not a Scott Brown campaign event, meaning that Patch has the final say on who can attend and who must leave. Why is Patch, presumably a newspaper that cares about first amendment rights, kicking out citizens from events open to the public simply for photographing?
Alan Wright April 04, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I agree with LT Weinberg. And wonder why Elizabeth Warren was not in attendance? Who was the fundraiser for anyway?
Chris Helms (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Hi Alan and LT, These are good questions. Thanks for asking them. I'm working on getting you answers. The fundraiser was for a variety of West Roxbury charities. I'll post more as soon as I learn it.
David Ertischek (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 03:57 PM
This was private event sponsored by Patch.com that was bipartisan and honoring 10 outstanding West Roxbury residents. Many politicians were invited to come and attend, and some were asked to speak, or present. US Sen. Scott Brown chose to come, as did Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, seven Boston City Councilors, several state reps and state senators. Candidate Elizabeth Warren was invited, but was unable to attend. The person who identified himself as a tracker was pointed out as being suspicious by several partygoers and by a BPD deputy who was notified of the person's suspicious behavior. The BPD deputy asked the man what he was doing and the man responded respectfully. This was not a political event. He was asked to stop doing what he was doing and he did. I'd like to know if the tracker paid the suggested donation of $10 to go to local charities?


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