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Settlement Reached in Arrest of Journalists at RNC

Monday, October 03, 2011

Amy Goodman, host of the New York-based television and radio show "Democracy Now!," said that she and two of the shows producers won a $100,000 from a settlement with the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the federal government over their arrests during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Goodman used Occupy Wall Street's encampment at Zuccotti Park to announce the agreement which was reached Friday. The Twin Cities agreed to pay $90,000, while the federal government agreed to pay $10,000. The federal government was named in the suit because a Secret Service agent confiscated the press credentials of Goodman and her producers.

She told the protesters that her settlement should send a message to police all over the country. "Over the last few weeks here in New York, we've seen protesters unlawfully arrested, journalists arrested, and also, journalists told to turn off their cameras, to stop filming," she said. "This is unacceptable."

Jon Iverson, an attorney representing the defendants in the lawsuit, said the settlement includes no admission of liability and lets St. Paul and Minneapolis avoid the costs of further litigation

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Comments [2]

Alexander from Landry

It is easy for the police to screw-up, be excessively violnet, trample rights and then use TAXPAYER money as a pay-off for their mistakes! These guys should be fired or at least have the paychecks garnished until the TAXPAYER funds are returned. Let's hire some law enforcement professionals please, I was one once (now retired) and I resent excessive, overzealous enforcement as much as i DID arrest a citizen that refused to obey the laws; only I used as little force (if any) as was needed. I got no excitement from enforcing the laws, many I disagreed with at times. But I did my job proudly and safely for all concerned. I even had folks I arrested come back to me and 'thank me" for being a gentlemen despite the situation. I know there are many true Constitution patriot professional law enforcement officers out there and I trust we keep weeding out are bad apples.

Oct. 23 2011 10:43 AM
Aviva from New York City

This story is misleading and factually incomplete. Police did not just confiscate her credentials, they ripped them from her, threw her to the floor, handcuffed her and sent her in a paddy wagon to a holding facility - as they did with other accredited professional journalists. Videos of this were seen worldwide. Further, the decision includes an agreement by the St. Paul police department to implement a training program aimed at educating officers regarding the First Amendment rights of the press and public with respect to police operations โ€” including police handling of media coverage of mass demonstrations โ€” and to pursue implementation of the training program in Minneapolis and statewide.
Quite a different story than the one you produced.

Oct. 04 2011 11:35 AM

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