|NMU||NEW YORK||Newsgathering||Jan 17, 2002|
Police arrest photographer at Ground Zero
- Officers said New York Times shutterbug used expired press pass to access restricted area near World Trade Center where workers recovered remains.
New York police recently arrested a New York Times photographer near the World Trade Center, saying his press credentials had expired.
Police charged Edward Keating with criminal trespassing and confiscated a roll of film. Keating has a Feb. 19 court date to respond to the charge. Police said that Keating was not allowed in a restricted area where workers were recovering the remains of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Catherine Mathis, a Times spokeswoman, said Keating, 45, was on assignment for the newspaper. She said company officials didn’t have a lot of specific information about Keating’s arrest but said it stemmed from an expired press pass.
“We will be speaking with officials to determine what appropriate course we should take,” Mathis said.
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