Thursday, August 28, 2008

ABC News Reporter Arrested at DNC in Denver

The video clip shows the reporter on the sidewalk, on a cell phone, when the cop tells him to move. The reporter & his attorneys claim he had a right to be there, on a public sidewalk, doing his job as a reporter.

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.


Georgia Mountain Man said...

The only issue I have with the video is that we don't see the initial encounter. We don't know the setting and why the officer was asking him to move. It appears innocent on the reporter's part...but like I say I don't think we have the whole story. If there was a reason to have him move and he refused and kept resisting, then I think the officer's action was justified. We also don't know what happened between the two videos that made the officers decide to restrain him. It will be interesting to see the outcome. Sometimes reporters are quite arrogant and think they should be allowed to do what they want, anywhere they want, and they yell foul when they don't get their way.

That Baptist Ain't Right said...

I agree. We don't see it all on video. Here's another link.