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As I sat there, many armed officers came in — some who were dressed as normal officers, others who were dressed with more gear.
Initially, both Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and I were asked for identification. I was wearing my lanyard, but Ryan asked why he had to show his ID. They didn’t press the point, but one added that if we called 911, no one would answer.
We were in there for what felt like 10 or 15 minutes. Then the processing officer came in.
“Who’s media?” he asked. We said we were. And the officer said we were both free to go.
We asked to speak to a commanding officer. We asked to see an arrest report. No report, the officer told us, and no, they wouldn’t provide any names. I asked if there would ever be a report. He came back with a case number and said a report would be available in a week or two.
“The chief thought he was doing you two a favor,” he said.
originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: scghst1
Yeah, it's a good short and to the point article IMO. It really shows you that it doesn't matter who you are, or why you are there, the cops just don't give a rats ass about you, the law, free speech, or even just common basic respect for anyone.
Total disregard for the law is the worst part. In fact, it's not even that, they just make some stuff up and arrest you knowing that it's all a lie. Even while being recorded by someone from a major news outlet too.
Lawless, POS War Pigs all the way.
He was illegally instructed to stop taking video of officers. Then he followed officers’ instructions to leave a McDonald’s — and after contradictory instructions on how to exit, he was slammed against a soda machine and then handcuffed. That behavior was wholly unwarranted and an assault on the freedom of the press to cover the news.
Elsewhere in the area on Wednesday evening, a number of reporters said they were doused with tear gas when authorities tried to disperse crowds. Ash-Har Quraishi, a correspondent for Al Jazeera America who previously worked for CNN, said his crew was in a place "we believed to be safe" when people started running toward them.
"Rubber bullets were fired on us, and then a canister," he said. "We had to retreat into the neighborhood."
originally posted by: mrsdudara
Honestly, I am torn on this one. I am all for our constitutional rights, please don't get me wrong. I can also understand why the cops would do such a thing. Who knows what kind of spin a reporter is going to put on what happens. A good writer/ journalist can fuel a fire better than anyone else. The right picture coupled with the right words and he/she becomes famous and fattens his/her bank account. Meanwhile, all hell breaks loose and its up to the cops to put the fire out. Obviously by fire I mean riots. If you want to put a fire out, you need to take its fuel away. If you want to stop a riot you take the journalists away.
Again, I am not saying its ok. I am just saying I can understand why the cops are doing this.