Journalist arrested in Occupy Protests

MILWAUKEE, WI--- The arrest of a journal sentinel photographer Wednesday continues to raise questions.

Milwaukee police Chief Ed Flynn responded to whether the arrest was necessary: "According to the officer at the scene, he didn't notice her ID. He was just focusing on the task at hand."

Flynn says the news photographer was in the street with protesters, but Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the video tells a different story. "It was evident that she was a photographer. It was evident that she had press credentials around her neck from what I could see. And I don't think it was necessary for her to be handcuffed."

Chief Ed Flynn said, "The challenge is...how do we draw the line effectively in fluid situations in which the press recognizing they have no more rights than anyone else at least has as many rights as anybody else in covering a story."

We asked former TV news director and Poynter Institute ournalism expert Jill Geisler why the average person - viewers should care. "When you begin to see a pattern of pushback of journalists or even the arrest of journalists it raises an alarm bell in a democratic society."

Chief Flynn admitted no wrongdoing in Wednesday's arrest, but he says he's willing to meet with local news organizations; "If we need to tighten up protocols or reexamine our operations in light of specific complaints we're happy to do so."

Mayor Barret commented,"You have a job to do. The police have a job to do. They can be and should be compatible with each other."


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