Photographer Confronted By Smithsonian Security Wants Answers

Dec 10, 2013 Advocacy
Smithsonian security guards wrestled Kristoffer Tripplaar to the ground. Instagram photograph by AP's Charles Dharapak
Smithsonian security guards wrestled Kristoffer Tripplaar to the ground. Instagram photograph by AP's Charles Dharapak

WASHINGTON, DC (December 10, 2013) – A veteran photographer says he is looking for answers after being accosted by Smithsonian security guards while recording a protest of fast food workers at the museum last week. 

Kristoffer Tripplaar was at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum to document workers who walked off the job and picketed Thursday as part of a national campaign demanding higher wages. He was recording a confrontation between security officers and a fellow photographer when he says he was pulled into the fracas.

Read all about what happened next to Tripplaar in this NPPA Advocacy Committee Blog post written by Wills Citty, beginning online here.