In retrospect, Police Inspector Derrick Cromwell was forced to admit his chosen method of defusing a potentially dangerous subject was, at best, unorthodox.
Tabloid photographers, he protested, were totally without scruples and, in light of recent events regarding the Royal Family, certainly not to be underestimated. His actions, he maintained, were taken to safeguard the right of an individual to privacy and, therefore, above reproach.
That the subject in question was not, in point of fact, a sleazy paparazzi opportunist but merely a Girl Guide wildlife photographer left him all the more chagrined.
This story was written for the weekly Visual Dare flash fiction photo prompt.