A few days ago, there was a serious accident involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 10 in El Paso, Texas.
A news crew from KVIA-TV came on the scene to cover the accident. What should have been a routine story, turned into a story the crew became involved in when the officer on scene immediately berated the reporter and photographer, handcuffed and detained the two and then released them without being arrested. Afterwards, the sergeant was placed on desk duty, pending the completion of an internal affairs investigation.
Video of the arrest!
A man was kicked out of Yankee Stadium by New York City police officers when he refused to stand at attention for the playing of “God Bless America.” The man filed and multi-million dollar suit against the police department, the city and the New York Yankees.
What drives me nuts is that there are people who think this behavior is justified!One forum had some really disgusting comments.
One poster named, “Don’t be so quick to judge.” wrote:
The media can’t park on the emergency lane to photograph a wreck. That emergency lane is for emergencies only, not for the convenience of reporters so they can get the flaming bodies on TV. What if an ambulance had been trying to get by a traffic jam while (the reporter) and his cameraman were busy getting us the ‘dirty laundry.’
Another screwball named, “Licenciado” wrote:
The reporter, “should have just shut up and left. The camera man should have stopped filiming. The police Sargeant obviously considered that they crossed the line and arrested them.”
To the two “Gestapo lovers” as well as everyone else who don’t think this is wrong, remember these words;
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It’s called “THE FIRST AMMENDMENT!”
So, if abuse is happening involving your hard earned tax dollars in government, you have a right to know, and it’s the media that allows that to be reported.
As a news professional, I’ve always made it a habit to check with the officer in charge and find out if there any places specific I need to be away from so I don’t impede on the investigation.
It doesn’t surprise me that many people in the United States don’t fully understand the Constitution or their individual rights. They depend on someone else to do the work for them. This is how the Patriot Act was passed in 2002.
“When the policeman breaks the law, there is no law, only a struggle for survival.” – Billy Jack