2008 The Protests in St. Paul
posted by September 16 at 17:13 PMon
The wicked, liberal media sure has been quiet about all that pepper-sprayin’, journalist-arrestin’, teenage-whuppin’ action at the Republican National Convention a couple of weeks ago.
But the New York Times finally picked up the story today:
“It was an unprecedented show of police presence and display of force,” said Bruce Nestor, the president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, which is defending many of those arrested. “Minnesota has never seen this level of militarization of local police.”
Whew. That’s a relief. I was staring to worry I’d imagined the whole thing.
And please enjoy this price quote from a St. Paul police flack:
“At some point even a journalist has to recognize that they are in violation of the law,” Tom Walsh, a St. Paul Police spokesman, said as the arrests were taking place. “Are they going to get arrested or are they going to cover it from a distance?”
But would you say the same to the writers and photographers from the AP, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Fox freaking News who were rounded up and arrested, Mr. Walsh?
Because they happened to be doing their jobs, covering a protest when the police decided to conduct a mass arrest that—the courts may very well show—was unjustified? Because how dare a journalist, whether from Fox or Democracy Now!, get close enough to see what’s actually happening?
That’s a violation of the law?