Friday, January 26, 2007

Do Police feel they can abuse and intimidate the media?

Bloggers can be violently beaten and/or just arrested on site if they are on a State Police "Enemies List" such as in Connecticut.

Citizens trying to document police misconduct and brutality, can face bogus felony and misdemeanor arrests and then can be railroaded to prison. Is this the way it should be in America?

Text with video: Esperanza Fire, Oct, 2006 : A California Highway Patrol officer does his best to prevent a news crew from covering a deadly forest fire, even ignoring his orders from dispatch to "allow the media in" and threatening instead to arrest the news crew. Federal Law prevents law enforcement from restricting the movement of the news media except that they are not permitted in a crime scene.

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