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Charges Dropped Against Reporters Arrested During RNC

September 23, 2008

UPDATE

A while back I noted the arrest of Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! and other reporters who were covering protests outside of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. On Friday, the St. Paul City Attorney’s office announced that it is dropping charges against Goodman and more than 40 other journalists who were arrested.

Here is Goodman’s reaction to the announcement:

It’s good that these false charges have finally been dropped, but we never should have been arrested to begin with. These violent and unlawful arrests disrupted our work and had a chilling effect on the reporting of dissent. Freedom of the press is also about the public’s right to know what is happening on their streets. There needs to be a full investigation of law enforcement activities during the convention.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2008 10:13 am

    I saw the video. Goodman violated the law when she charged PAST the police line and headed for the limos. Her charges should have stood and allowed a jury to make the decision.

    I can’t speak to the others at the event who were arrested though. I imagine that at least some of them should not have been arrested.

  2. September 24, 2008 1:47 pm

    I saw the video too, and it may be that she walked past the police line — I’d have to watch it again. But CHARGED seems like a bit of a stretch. Plus, the context is not unimportant — she is inquiring ab out two of her producers whom have been arrested, and just trying to get the info on them.

    If you haven’t already, also check out the video of the arrest of the Democracy Now! producers. Pretty hard to put a happy face on that one….

    I believe I linked to both videos in the original post.

  3. September 24, 2008 1:59 pm

    OK — I just watched both videos again….

    It doesn’t look clear to me that she crossed the line….It’s not at all clear where the official police line is in the video. She surely isn’t “charging” anybody…. Looks to me like she was “guilty” of pestering a pumped up riot cop about what was happening to her reporters.

    Not too surprising to me that the St. Paul DA let this go even if some minute parsing of this video would reveal that she technically broke the law….

    Does this look like the land of the free and home of the brave?

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