Monday, August 18, 2014

Missouri Highway Police 'Detain' Three More Journalists

This is getting to be a regular thing. From Catherine Thompson at TPM:

They forgot to show
the handcuffs...
Echoing the arrests of the Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly and the Washington Post's Wesley Lowery earlier this week, three reporters said they were briefly handcuffed and detained by police. Other reporters said officers threatened them with mace, while one radio reporter caught an officer's threat to shoot him on tape.

Three journalists -- Neil Munshi of the Financial Times, Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated and Rob Crilly of the Telegraph -- tweeted that they were briefly detained and handcuffed by Missouri highway police Capt. Ron Johnson. Munshi emphasized that the three of them were held by police but were not arrested.

(Bolds mine. - SB)

"[H]eld by police but not arrested"? WTF does that mean? If you are held by police and handcuffed, you ARE arrested.

Please note the new category below, yet another in the "War on" series we see so often these days... and most of the warring seems to be done by cops. Back in my childhood, my father occasionally invited a friend who was a policeman into our home, still in uniform at the end of his shift; today, I'd be very circumspect about following my late dad's example.


  1. RELEASE US - a short film on police brutality by Charles Shaw (feat. Random Rab)

    Published: 28 Oct. 2013, 10min 10sec

    1. Enfant, that's a terrifying video. I think of my own activist/protest days early in the Bush 43 administration (e.g., prior to the 2nd Iraq war); I was met with grudging respect by Houston police, who actually did try to "protect" whether or not they "serve[d]". These days, it hardly seems a safe bet to protest and depend on police for personal safety. Such protection is essential in a genuine representative democracy, and the fact that the protection seems to have vanished is frightening indeed.

      BTW, I've made a simple Blogger template change that turns your refs to YouTube videos (and other commenters' refs) into an actual embedded video. If you (or other commenters) run into problems with this, or if the scripts I included in the template disappear (after all, they're not mine), please let me know.

    2. Oh, I forgot... to use the new feature, just enter the URL of the YouTube video on the YouTube (or other) site directly into your comment (as you have been doing already). Note that this makes your comment hard to view in a browser window much smaller than full-screen.



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