Watch the video & you decide.
Here's the ABC News article excerpt:
"He and his news crew were standing on public sidewalks covering an event of public significance and performing a press function protected by the First Amendment," said a statement issued today by Eslocker's attorneys, Daniel Recht and Steven Zansberg. ... Video of the arrest shows a cigar-smoking Denver police sergeant, accompanied by a team of five other officers, first put his hands on Eslocker's neck, then twisting his arm behind him to put on handcuffs.
"Frankly, we are outraged at the conduct of the individual officers. Their interactions with Mr. Eslocker are captured on tape. ... Denver police Lt. Ron Saunier told the Associated Press that "the Denver Police Department is committed to looking into each and every allegation of unnecessary force," Saunier said.
Saunier said authorities have tried to accommodate the news media this week. "One instance with the media shouldn't paint the entire event," he said. "
Here is the ACLU press release.
Here is the full statement by the reporter's attorneys.