Raymond Rodden was arrested and dragged to the police station for interrogation for a) taking pictures of the Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Court Building (not a crime) and b) walking down an alley (also not a crime). The police followed him for an hour on foot (how creepy would that be), tore his car apart, have impounded and will not return his phone and computer, and contacted the man's boss to make sure Rodden would get fired from his job. Eventually they released him, because he had done nothing illegal. They kept repeating this to him in the interrogation:
“I told them I was not doing anything illegal by taking photos and they kept saying, ‘we’re not disputing that it’s illegal, we just find it odd,’” he said.
Sorry, but people cannot be arrested, detained, and have their property searched and seized for being odd.
This seems to be a typical police state reaction after a terrorist incident or public crime. If we had just hassled that guy earlier for being odd, this may never have happened. The problem is that for every one person who does odd things in the runup to a horrendous crime, another hundred thousand people do odd things because either they are odd or because we simply do not understand their motives.