Detroit Police Arrest Newspaper Photographer for Video Recording from Public Sidewalk

Detroit police arrested a newspaper photojournalist as she was video recording them making an arrest last week.

Mandi Wright of the Detroit Free Press had crossed the street and was standing on a public sidewalk in an area that was not closed off by police when a cop walked up to her and ordered her to back up, which she did.

He then ordered her to turn off the iPhone she was using to record, which she didn’t do, identifying herself as a journalist for the Detroit Free Press.

“I don’t care who you are,” the cop said, snatching the phone, which is when the video cuts out.

Naturally, that is where the story changes to indicate that Wright was the aggressor.

According to the Detroit Free Press:

Police said they are looking into the conduct of photographer Mandi Wright and the actions of an officer who ordered her to stop filming and wrestled her phone away from her. They also are looking into the disappearance of a memory card from her newspaper-issued iPhone and whether she was briefly left alone with the crime suspect whom she had been filming.

Wright, 47, was arrested Thursday after she and a reporter came upon an arrest scene near Woodbridge and Riopelle, east of downtown. Police at the scene said Wright tussled with an officer after he had confiscated her iPhone; Wright said that she was concentrating on taking her video and did not realize the man who grabbed her phone was a police officer. Wright was handcuffed and later, she said, put in an interrogation room with the suspect

Wright later said she didn’t know the man approaching her was a police officer and thought he was an angry civilian. He didn’t identify himself on the tape, and his clothes carried no police insignia.

The man grabbed her arm and reached for her phone. Gray, standing nearby, said Wright pulled her arm to her chest to protect the phone, but the man pulled it from her grip and turned to walk away.

“I was just surprised at how quickly it escalated,” Gray said. “There was no effort to try to figure out who we were or what we were doing. It was just immediately going for the phone.”

Wright said she tried to get her phone back. Gray said there was a brief struggle, with Wright reaching from behind the man and pulling on the tail of his shirt. Officers at the scene told Wright that she was interfering with police. Later, police alleged she had jumped on his back.

Wright, who had been wearing press credentials (not that they give her any more legal right to record  in public), was transported to a police station and held for more than six hours before she was released with no charges.

Although police returned her iPhone and the video remains intact, the Detroit Free Press claims they removed a memory card, which is not the easiest thing to do on an iPhone.

Now police are ensuring an internal affairs investigation, which means we should not inquire about the matter until we forget about it.

Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, sent a letter protesting the arrest to Detroit Police Chief James E. Craig.


About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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  • jmaass

    “Now police are ensuring an internal affairs investigation, which means we should not inquire about the matter until we forget about it.”
    It would be nice if there was a service establish that would automatically email requests for updates on each pending “internal affairs investigations” once a week, including details of the complaint and with copies of the request emails to all the local media. Keep the issue in the foreground until they report: don’t let the local media forget.

  • Michael Torbert

    How do you put a memory card in an iPhone?

    • Rob Mahon

      I’d guess it’s either a simcard for the iphone, or an Android/Windows phone with a memory card and the initial report is confused/assumes all smartphones are iphones?

  • Derek Balling

    They probably removed the SIM card. Which on a CDMA phone is something she might not even realize is missing (since she’s not going to be using the SIM card unless she goes international).

  • rick

    Prior restraint is legal?!
    Let’s see if the Detroit Free (ha ha) Press will take the PD to task or decide if maintaining relations with them is more important.

  • Tijuana Joe

    Look at the bright side–the cop has to establish who he is on the arrest log.
    It continues to astonish me how different the show COPS is
    from the real world—if the COPS can’t control the cameras they get really stupid–
    even on camera, for the whole world to see…why is Goebbels’ face suddenly in my mind?

  • thomc355

    I can stress enough to my fellow videographers, if at all possible always have another videographer taping you from a safe location. Also get a stealh voice recorder to wear around your neck on a lanyard encase something like this happens to you.

    • pete
      • thomc355

        Don’t like mine as much as I like the ballcap camera

    • pete
      • thomc355

        Hey Pete,

        I have stealth gear from them already and I use it, amazing stuff.

    • Difdi

      Just don’t use it in Massachusetts. Covert audio recorders are a felony offense there.

      • thomc355

        Can you forward me the statue so I can review it against current SCOTUS rulings please

        • Difdi

          Sorry, stone and metal don’t travel well through the internet. You’ll have to supply your own statues. =P

          The bit of law in question though is the Glik decision. The court struck down the portion of the law that criminalized openly recording police in public but didn’t touch the portion of the law that made secret recording (spy gear, in other words) illegal.

          • pete

            That is an interesting point. Is it possible that someone wearing google glasses in Mass could get thrown in prison if he records a cop in public? One could reasonably assert they are “spy glasses”. What about someone who has their iPhone in their pocket recording the conversation? What if you are holding your iPhone out in plain view but the cop says, “I never saw it. He must have been hiding it on his body somewhere”. It seems, and I’m no attorney, the gist of the ruling is related to recording police in public in the performance of their duties. And that there is no expectation of privacy when doing so. As Judge Lipez wrote, “We conclude, based on the facts alleged, that Glik was exercising
            clearly established First Amendment rights in filming the officers in a
            public space, and that his clearly established Fourth Amendment rights
            were violated by his arrest without probable cause.” Perhaps the police could latch onto the “open and in plain view” aspect of the ruling but I think that would run up against the rejection by the SCOTUS of the Illinois wiretapping law.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            The wiretapping statute turned on the open recording and reasonable expectation of privacy issues. It is not clear how a court would rule on the covert recording of an officer.

            BTW, SCOTUS did not rule on the Illinois case, all they did is decline to hear it. That has no precedential value.

          • Mario K. Cerame

            I think it is clear how the MASC would rule–Commonwealth v. Hyde? Query whether google glass counts as surreptitious :) (or maybe you meant the Illinois law–hard to tell with the lack of threeading. Someone was referring to MA above.)

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            You’re right – don’t know how I missed Hyde.

          • Mario K. Cerame

            At the risk of coming off like a self aggrandizing douche, I have a survey of cases at 408-413. Yeah, it’s already dated. :(

          • Difdi

            Unlikely to be an issue, since Google Glass is worn openly not covertly, and there’s a multi-million dollar ad campaign to tell people it contains a camera.

            Spy glasses are designed to look like sunglasses which don’t normally include cameras, and the camera lens is disguised. Totally different item than Google Glass.

            A shirt pocket iPhone is probably not a good idea in Massachusetts unless you call attention to it somehow.

            But with the camera in plain view, the fact that someone is oblivious to their surroundings doesn’t turn it into a hidden item.

          • TheFlashingScotsman

            Have you guys seen a pair of Google Glasses? If those things are covert, then I don’t see how anyone could possibly see me standing there holding a large video camera on my shoulder.

          • Anonymous_1000


        • Mario K. Cerame

          You won’t find help at SCOTUS–not yet. The seminal case is the abhorrent Commonwealth v. Hyde. They denied cert there. You’ll also find some resources on wiretapping laws at RCFP and such.

    • ProudGrandpa

      Amen! Keep preaching. Bro.
      Trouble is that when one has a chance encounter like this one, there are seldom allies around. So when do you actually plan to bring escort photogs? Do so when you expect trouble.
      I support religious speakers on public university free speech areas. Attornies for religious speakers advise taking several cameras and recording devices. It is amazing how profoundly that converts a prosecutor into your best friend when they see on video how the campus security or local police erred… especially when they confiscated the only plainly visible camera and erased it or lied about events.
      Most police, however, respect our rights to speak in public areas and to record both video and audio. We don’t resistance due to videos now. They are highlhy effective.

  • Pat Riot

    Haaaa, and still the video gets out! Time to charge her with resisting arrest and conspiracy to resist arrest!

    • Difdi

      Probably was saved on the phone, not the card.

      • Pat Riot

        Right, it just seemed like they were trying to delete the video and it got out anyway.

        • Difdi

          Like that scene in the movie Zoolander, where the two semi-functional models are told the files are in the computer…

  • lorenbliss

    As I have said before, the nationwide occurrence of these sorts of anti-First-Amendment atrocities proves they are part of a federally mandated assault against our right to know. This effort to nullify the Bill of Rights is no doubt scripted by the Department of Homeland Security via its command and control of all local police departments, just as it is no doubt another dimension of the total-surveillance state bravely exposed by Edward Snowden. And it seems the attacks are escalating, if not in frequency than surely in brazenness and intensity of violence…

    • ExCop-Lawyer

      “Command and control of all local police”?


      Yeah, right.

      • lorenbliss

        I was wondering if you would resume your attacks, protected as you are behind the cowardly anonymity of your screen name. My suggestion — particularly since I myself have some background in these sorts of things — is that you back off a bit. Your responses have become so predictable they hint at operational protocols if not direct orders — which in turn prompts three obvious questions: For which agency do you work? It it your job to pay me the supreme compliment of targeting me personally? Or are you merely assigned to try to marginalize anyone who recognizes the war on photographers as a key part of the far greater war against (what little remains of) all our constitutional rights?

        • Difdi

          Do we know that you are using your real name? No…nor is there any requirement to out yourself in order to have a valid opinion.

          Plus, you just attacked him, he didn’t attack you.

          • JdL

            Plus, you just attacked him, he didn’t attack you.

            Uhhh, saying “ROTFLMAO, Yeah, right.” doesn’t represent an attack in your book? Interesting definition.

          • Kasparov

            No, laughing at someone’s opinion shows your disbelief of their opinion/position. ECL did not explicitly insult loren until after their outraged reply to his laughter.

        • ExCop-Lawyer

          I didn’t attack you earlier, I laughed at what you said.

          What follows is an attack.

          You are clearly a delusional nutcase.

          I hope you can understand the difference, but without your meds, I cannot be sure.

          • $58984987

            …IT has returned.

            And in the usual foul fashion…trailing with an acrid reek.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            It does your self esteem no good to refer to yourself that way.

            And a bath will help you get rid of the smell.

          • $58984987

            The smell of your mother’s juices on my lap.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            That would make you a necrophiliac. Of course, given your prior posts showing sociopathic tendencies, any other disorders would not surprise me.

          • JdL

            You are clearly a delusional nutcase.

            Oh, right. Giving any credence to the militarization of the police being due to influence and/or commands from Washington, clearly means that one is a “delusional nutcase.” In your fantasy world, anyway.

            I hope you can understand the difference, but without your meds, I cannot be sure.

            Your cleverness knows no bounds. Do you have anything going for you besides gratuitous insults?

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            Yup. If you read what I actually write and stand for.

            For instance, I have consistently opposed the militarization of the police and the excessive use of SWAT.

            You could find that out if you bothered to check.

            In this case, the guy is delusional.

    • Difdi

      Homeland Security Commands and Controls local police about as well and to the same extent as Obama’s Press Secretary controls your posting habits.

      • pete

        So that’s what happens to my posts…. I swear they start out one way and end up another.

      • $58984987

        The MIAC report and other similar devices are exactly what DHS has begun to use to shape the perception and practice of local law enforcement.

        The extent of this is not known because MIAC was internally leaked onto Wikileaks. But considering the over-reaching and civil rights violating nature of MIAC in just this one instance, the actual scale and influence is profound.

        The Missouri Information Analysis Center, or MIAC is a “fusion center,” combining resources from the federal Department of Homeland Security
        and other agencies, in particular local agencies. It collects
        intelligence from both the local agencies and the Department of Homeland
        Security and uses these combined sources to analyze threats and better
        combat terrorism and other criminal activity. The center opened in 2005
        and is located in Jefferson City, Missouri.

        The MIAC was relatively unknown until March 13, 2009, when a leaked
        report entitled “The Modern Militia Movement,” originating from MIAC,
        appeared on Wikileaks.
        Subsequent investigation was spearheaded by the Liberty Restoration
        Project out of Kansas City, Missouri. The report detailed trends in
        militia and terrorist activity in Missouri and described common symbols
        and media associated with militia members and domestic terrorists, in
        order to help police identify them. The report as leaked included
        suggestions that political bumper stickers such as those for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul could be used to identify militia members and terrorists.
        The authenticity of the report was confirmed by Lt. John Hotz, the
        Assistant Director of the Public Information and Education Division of
        the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who claims that the report is derived purely from publicly available trend data on militias.

        As of MARCH 27, 2009 the entire report was scrapped and letters of apology were sent to Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin.
        Legislation was passed in Missouri which included an amendment to cut
        funding to the MIAC should it again engage in political profiling, and
        the director of the MIAC was reassigned.

        DHS was teaching local law enforcement that a Ron Paul bumper sticker was cause for suspicion of domestic terrorism.

        Think for a moment and let that sink down real deep for a while.

        Meanwhile the local police are becoming more and more militarized while buying lots of tactical gear, tanks, drones, etc. To better police and prosecute those with bumper stickers.

        • lorenbliss

          There is also the thoroughly documented federal command and control, primary through DHS (though carried out mostly by local police), of the campaign to crush the Occupy Movement, for which see

          • TheFlashingScotsman

            I see merits to both sides of this particular argument. What I’d like to see discussed, WITHOUT name calling and such, is why is it that so much more of this kind of behavior is being perpetrated by police departments, in flagrant violation of the law?

            Or is it just that more of it is coming to light because almost everyone has a video recording device in their pocket these days?

          • LibertyEbbs

            IMO, it is both. The technology brings much of this behavior to light AND as non-LEOs become aware of and resist criminal behavior by the police, the cops push back. I also believe this is what is happening now with Federal overreach. The good news is there will come a tipping point where the non-LEO public no longer blindly supports the LE community and there will be major changes and less violence. Perhaps I am too optimistic.

          • TheFlashingScotsman

            We can always hope for the best. And keep the pressure on to make it happen. The cops that I know personally, and many others that I see putting their name on posts in different places on the internet, are against this kind of behavior. We can argue what percentages of cops are good or bad. What I’m concerned with is bringing down the bad ones, and not forgetting to praise the good ones.

            Always film every encounter, and if the encounter goes according to the law, publicize that as well.

          • LibertyEbbs

            I replied to your posted question which was (paraphrased):

            Are cops committing more crimes against non-cops now than before, or are we just seeing it more because of changes in technology?

            Now you say that based on your experiences, most LEOs do not support these criminal behaviors. So, am I to assume that you believe this is a growing problem DESPITE the lack of support for these criminal behaviors by a majority of LEOs? Or, perhaps, you don’t believe it is a growing problem at all? [In which case, why are you asking the question?]

            I am not trying to be rude, but that makes no sense. It is a growing problem precisely because it is supported/tolerated by the vast, vast majority of LEOs. To pretend that it is just a few cops sprinkled around the country that engage in this behavior is offensive to me. The willingness of American LEOs (all govt. actors, really) to violate non-LEOs individual rights to privacy, free speech, etc. is so obvious that to question the existence of this systemic practice, or to minimize it in any way, makes you impossible to take seriously.

          • TheFlashingScotsman

            You have my intention all wrong. I’m just wondering if this kind of thing hasn’t been going on all along. I’m NOT in any way trying to deny it, or diminish it. I’m a dues paying, card carrying Libertarian. I’m against government overstepping it’s bounds in every way that it manifests itself, from the cop on the street, to the judges, all the way to the top. Maybe direct orders from the top, maybe just that the attitude of this administration seems to support the violation of the Constitution as a matter of course.

            When I say based on my experiences, I’m talking about the experiences I’ve had in my lifetime, dealing with LEO on a one-on-one basis. I have yet to try filming any LEO, but that’s because I haven’t been in contact with any since I started following this website a couple years ago.

            Believe me, I’m not one to say that there aren’t bad cops. Far from it. But there are good cops also, and they need to be recognized just as much as we need to expose the bad ones.

            I’m a photographer, and a videographer, and I keep my gear with me a lot more often that I used to, just in case I get the chance to film an encounter, whether it is me or somebody else that’s involved. If the officer does his job well, I’ll put it on YouTube and praise him. If he doesn’t I’ll put it on YouTube and do what I can to make an issue out of it. All I meant with my comment above is that I think this is being made much more public because of the ease with which we now film it and make it public, and I see that as a good thing.

          • LibertyEbbs

            I do apologize for my tone with you. I just get so frustrated by the oft repeated ‘there are a few bad cops, but most are good’ meme being thrown into a discussion about specific criminal behaviors by a specific individual who happens to be an LEO. I think my defensiveness is born of legitimate frustration because with minimization like that we are always chasing our own tails and never progress toward a true solution which is prosecution for criminal acts.

          • TheFlashingScotsman

            I understand the frustration.

          • lorenbliss

            Again based on what I’ve seen during a journalism career that began in 1956 and lingers on even now in official retirement, the vast majority of cops are well-intentioned, scrupulously law-abiding people with a deep commitment to serving and protecting the communities in which they work.

            Hence as a working generalization it’s always best to assume most cops are no better — and no worse — than the orders they’re given.

            That said, there have always been a few rogue officers, and — especially when you get south of the Mason-Dixon Line — there have always been a few departments infested by the Ku Klux Klan or some kindred hate group.

            But during all my years on newspapers — particularly in the 1960s and 1970s, when I covered any number of demonstrations and several riots as well — I never saw or heard of anything even remotely approaching the numerical frequency or national distribution of the atrocities underway today.

            Which is why I am convinced these continuing assaults on the working press and on amateur photographers are (A) in response to direct orders from above; are (B) orchestrated by the Department of Homeland Security much as the suppression of the Occupy Movement was organized and directed (see the link I posted elsewhere on this thread); and (C) are therefore yet another manifestation of the unprecedented and ever-escalating war against us — We the People and our Bill of Rights — that now seems the core purpose of both the Democratic and Republican parties.

            Anyone who doubts this unity of purpose need only look at the unanimous and near-unanimous votes by which the Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act and all other such nullify-the-Constitution measures routinely pass the allegedly “gridlocked” Congress.

            To answer your specific question, yes I cannot doubt the prevalence of cell phones and other electronic devices is facilitating maximum exposure of the attacks on journalists and photographers. But yes, I am also convinced what we are witnessing represents — as do the whistleblower persecutions — the deliberate imposition of a new and viciously oppressive paradigm of governance on the United States.

          • RichieRich

            Are you kidding? The MAJORITY of cops scrupulously law abiding? In what nation? As Norm Stamper, former chief of the Seattle police stated, 99% of all acive cops, escially narcs, perjure themselves to make cases stick, and fabricate evidence as well as coverup fellow cops abuses.EVERY major study of note has proven hat most cops are more thanwilling to violate the law and rights to get what hey want, an easy bust and conviction…and to show us minions who is in charge. The ” few rougue oficers ‘ are the murderers and bullies who tually go too far and get caught, usually on film…without film they getaway with their abuses in almost every case. The averae cop is an egotistical, brutal bully who hates the few lega limitations placed o them, like warrants and due process.Cops lust for more power over us..they hateitwhen we stand up and refuse to roll over for illegal detentions and searches, and most have the morals of an alley cat…I know, tats an insult to alley cats..bu the point is this: If you really believe that most cops have any respect for the law, you are delusional, no insult is so plain from all the documented abuses and complaints filed and lawsuits won that cops thtoey the law and respect the public are rare as hens teeth. Just stand your gound sometime and decline a consent search or efuse to produce Id whenhe cop has no RS and no legal grounds for detaining you, and see how furious and agitated they become…they consider themelves so above us that they see citizens demanding their rights as an affront…I admit that there are a few, very rare, cops that ac like human beings and professionals, but they are the exception, and not the rule.

        • ProudGrandPa

          I have been viewing websites on the subject. A conspiracy in this regard is credible. I am open to learning about it and resisting.
          I would be pleased to die for my faith and religious freedom and the other articles of the Bill of Rights. That is why I am a participant on this website.
          Please let us show one another respect here. Debate ideas and do not attack another… or attack those who violate our rights. Show mercy plesae. Thank you all.

  • Rusty Gunn

    And just WHY are we not surprised?

  • bigpawn01

    Can’t wait till the public rise’s up.

    • Nevada WatchDog

      any time now, it should be a “blast”.

      • bigpawn01

        For sure

        • Ron

          The public will not do shit unless their bellies are empty.

  • jackassletters

    There are not memory cards in iPhones. It’s highly unlikely she’d had one of these connected: The only other card is the SIM card. It’s not difficult to pop one of those out at all. A paperclip is all that is needed: No real data is stored there though. Depending on model it’s probably just your initial carrier activation. Out of the box a phone is carrierless. It’s activated on the network and then you tie it to an account. If you need to change carriers I believe you need a new SIM. On my iPhone 3 I had a SIM go bad and needed it replaced to get cellular back. I’d bet her cellular was dead, but not going to claim to know for sure.

    • ExCop-Lawyer

      There’s an after market attachment that fits on the bottom of the iPhone that holds a memory card. It is possible that the paper used this to allow their staff to store more photos. That’s just speculation though.

  • JustaVetSailorfromPennsylvania

    What does one expect to happen in Detroit of all places? A city.
    so lawless that even the police have no respect for it!

  • Nevada WatchDog

    Fuck these police

  • lorenbliss

    Apropos my earlier comment, what needs to be done to combat these atrocities is deluge the Department of Homeland Security and all relevant law enforcement agencies with freedom-of-information requests demanding they disclose all their protocols for dealing with reporters, photographers and any other citizens attempting to exercise the constitutional right of oversight.

    To achieve maximum impact, the National Press Photographers Association and other such groups (Communications Workers of America AFL/CIO; National Writers Union; American Civil Liberties Union; Reporters without Borders, etc.) should form a right-to-know coalition to organize and manage the FOI request campaign.

    Indeed I’m surprised — and more than a little bit appalled — such an effort is not already underway.

    • tiny

      dont be, 98% or more are either too lazy or scared to do anything. they fear the knock on the door, they fear the boogieman under the bed, they are scared of their own shadow. and the rest are too busy with other things to be bothered! [i have done more then my share, written tons of letters, emails, faxes. ready to do some more. get me the info and ill send some FOIA’s out!] is where i can reached.

      • lorenbliss

        Thank you. Alas, FOI requests from private citizens are too often dismissed by the courts, the dismissals typically based on the (spurious) argument the private individual has no official standing in the case. That’s why it’s essential the requests come from official or quasi-official organizations the relevance of which is beyond question.

        • $58984987
          • lorenbliss

            This video adds an important element to our discussion — one I had overlooked. Thank you for contributing it.

          • $58984987

            Couple that first video concerning no accountability with the attitude of the officers taking pride from their commander in having shot a woman in the head with a rubber bullet and the taking and awarding of trophies from protestors. Really look at the smiles, jeers and hoorahs from the whole group of cops.

            This is Broward County militarized sheriffs.
            Broward and Fort Lauderdale is my home town.


            This psychopathy is now institutionalized and intrinsic to the very core of the profession and their mindset. This is beyond rehabilitation.
            This is how the training and job is now done.

            Legal means and playing by their rules…we lose.

          • lorenbliss

            This rubber-bullet video and the police reaction is appalling. Knowing something about cops from the years I covered various police departments, it also further substantiates the hypothesis the (federally militarized) police are acting under (federal) orders to respond with maximum brutality to any public effort to assert our constitutional rights of protest and dissent.

            But that does not — I say again, NOT — relieve us of the obligation to ensure our own activities remain non-violent and therefore at least theoretically within the law. Indeed “playing by their rules” would be patently criminal, since they — the police and higher authorities who command them — are the perpetrators of crimes defined not just by the U.S. Constitution, but by local, state and international law.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            Then you are talking to the wrong guy, since inquisitorX has (on another thread) suggested luring officers to remote areas and murdering them.

          • lorenbliss

            Thank you for the heads-up. Could you please provide a link to the remarks in question? Thanks again…

          • ExCop-Lawyer
    • JdL

      Apropos my earlier comment, what needs to be done to combat these atrocities is deluge the Department of Homeland Security and all relevant law enforcement agencies with freedom-of-information requests…

      I don’t think that freedom-of-information requests will do any good. They’ll just stonewall answering them, and the lapdog courts will back them up. Or Congress will.

      I think that what is needed now is just to get one’s mind wrapped around what is happening, shedding the delusions that are propagated by governments, news media, friends, and family. And spread the word, which has to be done gently, as the human mind clings to fantasies and will only consider new ideas when it is ready.

      Once enough people understand, the criminal thugs will be de-fanged, very likely without any bloodshed whatsoever. Of course, if they insist on maintaining their illegitimate roles as dictators, they will reap what they have sown.

      • lorenbliss

        Thank you. It is my hope the inherent clout of the organizations I named above — and others like them I inadvertently omitted (for example, Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.) — would suffice to compel action on any FOI requests.

        My hope is based on what I’ve seen during a print-journalism career that began in 1956 and now, despite official retirement, spans more than half a century — the oft-observed truth the mere threat of disclosure is nearly always sufficient to force ameliorative action.

        But, sadly, you may be right. This is indeed a new era, one in which mass media has been reduced to little more than a stenographic propaganda apparatus for the One Percent.

        And the formerly watchdog alternative media, compromised as it now so often is by zero-tolerance ideological considerations, is itself frequently rendered less than credible.

        Which, precisely as you say, points to the necessity of “shedding delusions…and spread(ing) the word.”

        Though the people of the United States have been so abysmally dumbed down — and have already proven their total submission to tyrannies that 40 years ago would have provoked nationwide riots — I question their ability to comprehend anything much more complex than Britney Spear’s bust, waist and hip measurements.

  • tiny

    no one here heard, and in getto talk, “i dont care who you are”, did he really say that, and even before, ever stating he was a PIG? where the fuck do those piggies come from anyway? i would love to know, and how are they still out there doing this shit? and the MSM is saying nor doing anything about it? down here in MIAMI BEACH the PIGS took a local TV station, camera mans video equipment, place into the patrol car, then after an hour or so gave it back. WHERE THE FUCK WAS THE OUTRAGE FOR DOING THAT SHIT? or the crap that is still going on. the MSM is in bed with those that have given the orders to do this crap, or else they would not be saying nothing! they getting ready when the shit hits the fan, and they start rounding us all up for the CAMPS they gona send us all to, and they will create a law, if you video, or take images of a PIG, you will be taken away, and never seen again! they will do it, it is coming! anyone doubt me?

    • tiny

      IT IS WAR, AND IT HAS STARTED! >>>> <<<< VIDEO EVERYTHING, 24/7!!!!!

      • $58984987

        It is a war.
        Under the war powers act which is still in effect and never repealed we are in a state of war on US soil.
        Citizens are considered belligerents at best and enemy combatants at worst.

        • ExCop-Lawyer

          Have you even read 50 U.S.C.A. §§ 1541-1548?

          You are aware that it only applies in a foreign country?

          Here’s your tinfoil hat…

          • Kaemaril

            Perhaps he’s referring to the first or second war powers act of 1941/42? Though why he would be …

  • steveo

    Now the real reporters get to see what it feels like. I wish more of the photographers who actually get pay checks from main stream media would experience what it is really like capturing news on the street and being abused by the leos, “I don’t give a shit, I don’t care who you are.” mentality.

    When they disrespect the law, they don’t deserve any respect.

  • americanexile

    Sorry but she did get wayyy too close. Within arm’s reach of a suspect and a cop is no place to be. The cop should at least of given her an opportunity to leave though, yes.

    • $58984987

      She was backing up when ordered to do so.
      And being told to shut off the camera and have it snatched from her a separate issue.

    • $22798478

      Way to close ? So ! I’ve been in a few places where someone was being arrested and the cops walked the person right by me. I guarantee you that if this women was standing there without a camera they would have NEVER said anything to her.

  • Ryan French

    The plainclothes officer should have identified himself as such before going hands on. Some people are prone to defend themselves.

  • Harry Whodunnit

    I’m not big on conspiracy theories but I’m beginning to wonder if there’s not a hidden hand behind all this shit.

  • ∅GiaNt∅

    Hey guys.

    I have send you an e-mail with my article before a week.
    Did you check it?

  • jim

    so she was doing nothing wrong and when the cop asked her to back-up she did
    now why did he put hands on her and take her phone anything after that is from his illegal actions