Photographer arrested while recording an arrest

Police arrested a Detroit Free Press photographer and held her for more than six hours after she recorded video of an arrest that she stumbled across during a training session, the newspaper reported Tuesday.
AP Wire
Jul 17, 2013

Deputy Chief James Tolbert apologized to editors and said there's nothing illegal about recording video of police officers in public, the newspaper said.

Mandi Wright and Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray were on a video training session Thursday when they suddenly saw officers escorting a suspect to a police car. Wright, who said she was wearing media identification around her neck, pulled out her iPhone, apparently raising the ire of officers.

"I'm a journalist, working journalist," Wright said.

"OK. I don't care who you are," the officer responded, according to the video.

Wright didn't know he was an officer because nothing on his clothes showed he was with the police. There was a brief struggle, the phone was confiscated and Wright was arrested.

Wright, 47, said she was put in the same interrogation room as the suspect and asked to provide her name and address in front of the man. She has not been charged with a crime.

Investigators are looking into "the whole incident, from start to end," Tolbert said.

Free Press editor and publisher Paul Anger said the incident seemed to needlessly escalate.

"We understand the difficult job that police officers do, and we understand how tensions can rise," he said. "Yet some of the police actions all through this incident need scrutiny, not the actions of our photographer."

Comments

Tri-cities realist

What else can we expect when our Commander in Chief unilaterally postpones legislation for a year, legislation that he proposed in the first place. Obviously, like the 2nd Amendment, the 1st Amendment needs to be scaled back as well, these journalists have way to much freedom to do their jobs. Isn't tyranny fun?

Tri-cities realist

I hope that journalist sues the pants off those idiot cops. These few bad apples need to be taught that they are not above the law.

Wingmaster

Definitely needs some investigation here. If the journalist was tresspassing or something else its a different story. I'm suspicious of the "struggle".

If not, go after them to the full extent!

hanksgd

She felt the need to identify herself as a media person. Does that matter really? Don't all citizens have the right to video any police activity so long as they're not interfering in what the police are doing?

truthhurts

you bet. pigs/theifs etc. better get use to the new world of idiots with electronics...they are everywhere

MeanSmith

That's the truth, and it hurts.

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