Chicago police investigate alleged deletion of arrest footage

J.C. Derrick | Newsgathering | Feature | November 22, 2011
November 22, 2011

The Chicago Police Department is investigating a Loyola University journalism professor's complaint that police detained him and deleted footage of an arrest he was filming.

Ralph Braseth, who said he is a credentialed journalist, was arrested on Nov. 12 while he himself was filming the arrest of a young black man who had jumped a turnstile at a subway station. Police spotted Braseth, who was about 40 feet away recording the incident for a documentary on urban black teens, and promptly arrested him for "obstructing an investigation," the journalism professor said.

Reporters Committee disturbed by detention of credentialed journalists at "Occupy" protests

Press Release | November 15, 2011
November 15, 2011

The singling out of credentialed journalists in an attempt to separate them from the news events unfolding at the police disbanding of the Occupy Wall Street protests is outrageous and unacceptable, according to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Executive Director Lucy A. Dalglish.

“It’s extremely disturbing that credentialed reporters would be singled out in a roundup aimed at preventing them from witnessing police activity at the disbanding of the Occupy Wall Street camp,” Dalglish said. “What country are we living in?

Journalists arrested at '08 RNC settle lawsuit

Nicole Lozare | Newsgathering | Feature | October 3, 2011
October 3, 2011

A settlement was announced today in the case of three journalists arrested during the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota who later filed a federal suit against the U.S. Secret Service and the police departments of Minneapolis and St. Paul for what they call unlawful arrests while they were trying to cover a protest.

Ariz. publishers' suit against special prosecutor can proceed

Aaron Mackey | Newsgathering | Feature | June 13, 2011
June 13, 2011

Publishers of an alternative Arizona newspaper can continue their civil rights lawsuit against a special prosecutor who they say violated their constitutional rights by arresting the pair for publicizing purported grand jury subpoenas, a federal appellate court ruled last week.

Chicago man sentenced to 300 days over taping of event

Rosemary Lane | Newsgathering | Feature | September 10, 2010
September 10, 2010

A 31-year-old Chicago man was sentenced to 300 days in jail on Sept. 8 after he reportedly resisted arrest while videotaping a speaker last year at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, in Skokie, Ill.

Cook County Circuit Judge Marguerite Quinn sentenced Gregory Koger after he was convicted in August of misdemeanor criminal trespass, resisting arrest and simple battery at the Cook County Court House in Skokie. Quinn sentenced Koger to 300 days in jail despite a petition signed by 1,000 supporters and 25 submitted statements calling for Koger to receive no jail time.

Journalists file suit over arrests at Republican National Convention

Christine Beckett | Newsgathering | Quicklink | May 5, 2010
May 5, 2010

Journalists arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota have sued the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis for violating their First Amendment right to gather news, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Reporter arrested while documenting protest

Brooke Ericson | Newsgathering | Quicklink | September 21, 2009
September 21, 2009

A reporter and six protesters were arrested by the Philadelphia police at the Army Experience Center (AEC) on Sept. 12, reported. reporter Cheryl Biren was taking photos of policing arresting protesters when her own arrest occurred.

Photographer loses First Amendment claim in Oakland

Lucas Tanglen | Newsgathering | Feature | June 4, 2009
June 4, 2009

An Oakland Tribune photographer who was arrested while taking pictures at an accident scene lost his civil rights case against the City of Oakland and several police officers on Tuesday.

Report on St. Paul convention arrests due this week

Gregg Leslie | Newsgathering | Feature | January 12, 2009
January 12, 2009

Last summer’s Republican National Convention is just a memory in St. Paul now, but the controversy surrounding the overwhelming police presence and resulting mass arrests of protesters and journalists lives on. The St. Paul Ad-Hoc RNC Investigating Commission is expected to submit its final report to the City Council this Wednesday, although it is unknown if it will settle the issues or even be made publicly available.

Lawsuits against bloggers increasing domestically and abroad

Virgie Townsend | Content Regulation | Quicklink | July 22, 2008
July 22, 2008

The domestic and international blogging communities are increasingly facing lawsuits and threats of legal action, the Christian Science Monitor reported on Wednesday.