One of the most disturbing events during the Democratic National Convention happened this week when a producer for ABC News was arrested by Denver police as he and a camera crew were attempting to take video on a public sidewalk of Democratic senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.
Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.
A cigar-smoking Denver police sergeant, accompanied by a team of five other officers, first put his hands on Eslocker’s neck moving him off the sidewalk and into the street, then twisted the producer’s arm behind him to put on handcuffs.
A police official later told lawyers for ABC News that Eslocker was being charged with trespass, interference, and failure to follow a lawful order. He also said the arrest followed a signed complaint from the Brown Palace Hotel.
Eslocker was put in handcuffs and loaded into the back of a police van which headed for a nearby police station for booking.
During the arrest, one of the officers can be heard saying, “You’re lucky I didn’t knock the fuck out of you.”
Here’s video of the arrest!
This is nothing new with the Denver police department.
During celebrations of the second of the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl wins in 1997, police physically roughed up camera crews as they were covering the melee. One photographer rolled as an unidentified police officer started hitting him with his night stick. The video shooter suffered a broken shoulder blade and was out of action for a number of months.
ABC News did a story on the abuse of power with the Chicago Police Department that was broadcast a few months ago. It wouldn’t surprise me if this arrest was retaliation to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen in their city.
No doubt, the veil of silence within the ranks of the Denver police will prevent the truth from being told.