news video: Abuse of authority

I don’t normally point people towards online news video because I’m not a fan of most web video and when I’m at work, I’d rather read a story than worry about where my headphones are. But this video linked to by Thomas Hawk is just nuts: ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors

A cigar-smoking cop says “You’re under arrest buster.”, you can’t get more stereotypical than that. I thought those kind of cops were only in the movies.


I’ll admit that we have no context to this incident–another problem I have with the news–so I’m hoping that ABC will be just as forthcoming as the Denver Police regarding what happened. Looking at the latter half of the video, where the officer has his hands around the reporter’s neck to restrain him… what the hell? The report indicates that the resulting charges are trespass, interference, and failure to follow a lawful order. I am not saying that the reporter hadn’t done anything wrong, in fact I think he may have played it up a little knowing that his cameras were rolling. However, it does appear that the officers involved were being extremely heavy-handed and pushing the boundaries of abusing their authority.

This report is being added to ABC’s investigation called The Money Trail which I actually do find interesting, but I’ll leave all that DNC nonsense to other bloggers to worry about this week… I’m on vacation. 😉

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