St. Paul won't prosecute working journalists arrested at RNC

  • Article by: CHRIS HAVENS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 19, 2008 - 11:48 PM

The city said that although misdemeanor charges won't be pursued, it doesn't mean the arrests were improper.

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perronjpSep. 19, 0811:47 AM

They deserve to be included in the prosecutions. The reporters on the bridge on the last day of the RNC knew their time was running short. The permit time ended at 5:00PM, the arrests happened approx. 8:00 PM. They had been warned several times as they followed the protesters around the Capital for hours. They do not deserve special treatment beyond that because they didn't understand the Police would not let this farce go on forever. It is apparent these reporters do not attend Mensa Meetings in their off hours.

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SejanusSep. 19, 0811:55 AM

What about all the journalists arrested at all the OTHER protests? Hmm? Y'know, the ones arrested basically to shut them up or to keep them from observing acts of more than questionable legality committed by our $10 million legal liability insured police department? Even though they weren't supposed to be arrested? Just like volunteer EMTs and Medics weren't supposed to be arrested?

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mutt10RSep. 19, 0812:55 PM

They are the last line of defense in a democracy. Only brownshirts and fools fail to understand this truth.

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scotty77Sep. 19, 08 1:08 PM

Is the hallmark of a poor reporter.

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ELYMANSep. 19, 08 1:24 PM

Journalists have to be close to what is going on. That is what real journalists actually do - they don't sit miles away in their hotel rooms. They got grabbed, just like ordinary onlookers, medics, legal observers, etc. were grabbed when the police closed in. Kind of like indiscriminate net fishing for salmon, and getting dolphins. Or being targeted - journalists were targeted in some instances.

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piersoramaSep. 19, 08 1:35 PM

To this PerronJP fellow below, the right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly do not end at 5PM. You cannot cordon off and area in the US where your rights expire after a certain time of the day. The tactics used in St. Paul during the RNC convention, against legitimate peaceful protesters & journalists are those of an authoritarian government. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are not just pieces of paper; they are directives that limit the power of the Government to suppress legitimate debate and descent. You would probably feel better in a country like Russia, where they kill journalists, and through authoritarian means, ala St. Paul PD, they silence opposition to the dominant paradigm. You are most likely a brown shirt that wants everyone to shut up and blindly follow our leaders. Wake UP! You live in America.

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cinemajaySep. 19, 08 2:44 PM

Seriously, ELYMAN has it right. And for what it's worth--none of the journalists intended to get arrested. They were trying to report on the convention. Just like the dozens of reporters who have been killed reporting on the war in Iraq (and every other war).

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eddy3630Sep. 19, 08 3:39 PM

Having press credential/ID badges doesn't give these journalists the authority to do as they please. They too must follow the lawful orders given to them by police at the time or face arrest. Amy Goodman was arrested for good reason and it is absolutly rediculous that a big mouth like her gets away with her actions. She was spouting her mouth claiming police brutatality when in fact she was arrested with very little force despite her being as obnoxious as she was. View the video if you disagree. As far as the medic uniforms go? Those are not uniforms. A piece of red duct tape making a cross isn't a medic just as much as the yellow hats worn by the legal advisors. Perhaps the legal advisors should have done a better job advising thier idiot protestors to abide by the lawful orders given to them which would have spared them from arrest. It is sad that so many organizations who report the news are so one-sided. Another reason I don't purchase the strib. I can only imagine what good old Nick Coleman will write about with this recent decision.

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StillkatnSep. 19, 08 3:49 PM

What makes you a "journalist"? Is there a licensing board? Do they have minimum qualifications? Do they have any education required? How about liabilty? Sounds to me, these darlings of you numbskulls are nothing more than a bunch of punks with a note pad or a tape recorder. Get over it.

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StillkatnSep. 19, 08 3:54 PM

If there is justice in this world, one day, you would experence a dictatorship. It would be probably less than a whole day, because people like you would be the first slaughtered because you serve no meaningful purpose. I am not advocating it, but you sound so naive with equating a lawful arrest (in the public interest)with Nazism, that the only way you could get your mind around it would be in your last moments on Earth.

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