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ABC-7 reporter and photographer handcuffed, detained while covering I-10 wreck

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posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 12:46 AM

ABC-7 reporter and photographer handcuffed, detained while covering I-10 wreck< br />

Police were not immediately available for comment to explain why reporter Darren Hunt and photojournalist Ric Dupont were put in handcuffs, placed in back a squad car and taken to the West Side Command Center.
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 12:46 AM
This reporter and camera man get arrested by a very agitated police officer. The video pretty much says it all. It almost looks scripted it's so unreal and scary.

Here is the link again, never posted news before:< br /> (visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 12:54 AM
Wow talk about a powertrip! It didn't look like anything was going on other then normal reporting. Almost looked like there was something about the wreck that they wanted kept secret?

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 01:33 AM
Now i'm not sure if it's common to see military personel running around highway accidents but this guys sure as h*ll seems to be wearing US miltary desert style footware and clothing.....

Have a look...

Anybody know if this is normal around US highway accidents???


posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 01:39 AM
reply to post by operation mindcrime

I-10 is a common route for many military convoys on the California end of it. This is supposed to be near El Paso. I did a google maps check and there is a national guard base right on I-10 in El Paso. So, I don't think the military presence is that unusual.

[edit on 22-4-2009 by Karlhungis]

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 01:40 AM
reply to post by operation mindcrime

I wonder what was in that truck?

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 01:43 AM
What a nightmare! Total powertrip and I just cannot imagine how that fellow is a cop. You can almost feel his testosterone building up and he just feeds it making the situation worse when it was resolving itself already. I hope that he is suspended and forced to take some anger management training because we all know that was out of line from what we saw. If I was a Texan I'd be calling my people in congress and my local government officials. What is it with the cops down there? I know most of them are ok and it's a big state but the tension seems to keep building.

I thought cops were trained to deal with media.

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 01:44 AM
If this is true that police officer was in a powertrip.

However, it is true what one of the members said, there is one man we can see running towards the scene of the accident who seems to be from the military.

Maybe there was something in the truck that they didn't want the reporters to film, but the police officer could have explained this politely.

That is part of the job of police officers, and not just arrest a man because he doesn't immediately go away when he/she/they are doing their job too.

[edit on 22-4-2009 by ElectricUniverse]

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 01:47 AM
Absolutely ridiculous. I wish I could say that these type of videos surprise me, but honestly, nothing really surprises me at the moment.
It's just another day in the life of topsy-turvy land, where police arrest news reporters. Totally makes sense..

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 01:48 AM
So much for press freedom.

We need these types of acts to cease, they're becoming increasingly common.

As such, we need this officer to be made an example of.

Heck, there were a number of incidents recently where we should have made an example of the officer but didn't. That just delivers a message to the other power-tripping officers that they can get away with stepping outside their authority.

We need the good officers who respect their authoritative boundaries to demand persecution of those who do not. Before we wind up with a riot on our hands.

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 01:53 AM

Originally posted by staple

I wonder what was in that truck?

Obviously something they don't want you to see.

Could even be Weapons of Mass Destruction.

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 02:18 AM
Officer spazzy-pants needs to take a chill pill and realize he isn't God. He works for us, not the other way around. The freedom of the Press to cover a news event is REAL and he needs to respect that. Beyond his abuse of authority, his focus on arresting the Press is actually a negligence of his duty to provide calm oversight over the accident scene - something he can't do if he's too busy violating the U.S. Constitution.

I say 3 months leave of absence without pay. Make Officer spazzy-pants do some anger management training on HIS BILL, write a formal apology to the reporter/cameraman and then undergo psychiatric evaluations before he gets his gun and badge back.

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 02:19 AM
I hope the reporter sues, thats just crazy. That cop needs to be fired period. Thats clearly an abuse of power and false imprisonment. And last time I checked cops didnt have the right to order anyone to do anything.
If youre being detained he can tell you what to do and thats the only reason he detailed them illegally. You can "interfere" with a law enforcement officer etc but I dont remember any law stating they could walk up to you and command you to do crap.

[edit on 22-4-2009 by Memysabu]

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 02:24 AM
This cop freaks out like he's talking to a 6 year old!
"I'm giving you an order!"
"You want me to arrest you?"
What a freak.
This guy is just so scary it's unreal.
I can't watch this anymore.
People, get the hell outta the States while you can.
Between freaks like this, all the poison in your food and water, raping you of your income to pay off world banks, and threatening to not even be able to grow your own food now?
Get out while you can...

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 02:43 AM

EL PASO, Texas -- In a candid interview, El Paso Police Department Chief Greg Allen said that video of a police sergeant detaining an ABC-7 news crew is enough to prove that the sergeant behaved inappropriately. Allen described the images as "disturbing.

Allen also addressed another complaint. A nurse told ABC-7 that Sgt. Raul Ramirez, the same sergeant that detained the ABC-7 news crew, stopped him from helping injured people at the scene of the crash.

Looks like this cop is in some serious trouble. As he should be.

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 02:47 AM
Typical power tripping roid raging pig that shouldn't not have any business working in law enforcement.

Nothing new to me as a couple years ago my girlfriend called me to tell me she was in an accident and the cop freaked out similarly when I showed up. He complained that I showed up in his accident scene even though it had been moved to a parking lot of a nearby drug store. He cuffed me and put me in his back seat and then had my truck towed and then let me go so I could go fetch my truck for about $300.

Yep, no surprise to me - regardless of what was going on. Maybe the reporters should stick to helicopters where stupid pigs like this can't touch them.

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 02:53 AM
Where do you think you are? In America? No you're in Nazi Germany! Freedom of speech is for COMMIES, except of course if it's to love our precious leader! Freedom of press is TERRORISM, except of course if it's to report our awesome our leader is! The founding fathers are TERRORISTS! Haven't you heard? The president is the ultimate authority! He's the son of god! And if you oppose him, you oppose god himself!

Seriously, this whole thing is starting to look like North Korea/Nazi Germany. Cops, WHY DON'T YOU POLICE YOURSELF?

When a cop kills someone it's an accident and when a citizen kills someone, it's an outrageous murder! When a cop violates your constitutional rights, it's alright, even if gets sued, the taxpayers PAY. When a citizen violates another citizen constitutional right, they get sued personnally. So basically, the people ALWAYS pay, the police NEVER pay in jail time or money.

[edit on 22-4-2009 by Vitchilo]

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 03:01 AM
The policeman probably had orders not to let anyone with any type of recording device get close to the accident scene.
It is obvious that there was something in the container that was on the road.
Next we'll hear about this on the news will be focused on what type of reprimand will the cop get and if the reporter sued or not.
We'll never know what was in that trailer container.

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 04:00 PM
To protect and serve, Really?!...this is getting f'ing ridiculous. I'm sorry to you good law enforcement officers out there, but the bad-apples are pissing all over your good names. Do what you have to end this crap, the systematic destruction of America and all the freedoms we called our own once...

And I'm kind of curious if that man in military fatigues at the end of the video was a civilian, national guard, or regular-military....

posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 04:14 PM
There are sonme other threads on this, with many more opinions of note...look up 'Insane Cop...'

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