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Detroit police arrest news photographer, lock her up with suspect

 

(RT)   Police in Detroit, Michigan have launched an internal investigation after a Detroit Free Press photographer was detained for filming a group of officers as they arrested a suspect on a public street on Thursday, July 11.

Mandi Wright was traveling to an assignment with a newspaper reporter when the pair came upon eight officers making an arrest. The video, since posted online, shows Wright capturing a pat-down before she is approached by an officer, who orders Wright to “back up” before covering the camera lens and demanding she “turn it off.”

Wright identifies herself as a photographer for the Free Press, to which the officer responds with “I don’t care who you are.” He then reaches for the camera and Wright can be heard asking “Are you touching me?” before the images cut off. Witnesses say the two tussled before uniformed officers put Wright in handcuffs for interfering with an arrest.

Wright, 47, has accused the police of wrongfully confiscating her iPhone and briefly leaving her locked up alone with the suspect she filmed being arrested. She has also asserted that the memory card from her newspaper-issued cell phone camera went missing after an officer wrestled the device away from her, according to the Free Press.

I was just surprised at how quickly it escalated,” Kathleen Gray, the reporter traveling with Wright, told the Free Press. “There was no effort to try to figure out who we were or what we were doing. It was just immediately going for the phone.”

The photographer was held in police custody for over six hours. Wright has said that at least part of that time was spent alone in an interrogation room with the original suspect. Deputy Chief James Tolbert said, if the latter claim is verifiable, “that could be a serious breach of department policy.”

Missing – along with a satisfactory explanation – was Wright’s SIM card, which stores files on a cell phone. The video was preserved on Wright’s iPhone’s internal memory.

Tolbert, speaking to the Free Press, refused to name the officer who first accosted Wright but said the internal investigation will examine “the whole incident, from start to end. What we did, what she did, the whole nine.”

The deputy chief told editors of the Free Press the incident had already become a point of embarrassment for the department and he reminded officers they are not authorized to impede an individual from filming.

While putting the onus on police, Free Press Editor Paul Anger was conciliatory about the incident.

First, our photographer was doing what any journalist – or any citizen – has a right to do in a public place,” he said. “All she knew was that someone had grabbed her and her phone. We understand the difficult job that police officers do and we understand how tensions can rise. Yet some of the police actions all through this incident need scrutiny – not the actions of our photographer.”

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13 Responses to Detroit police arrest news photographer, lock her up with suspect

  • I think a $100,000,000 dollars would be a good starting point for a law suit settelement in this case of the detroit police,who seem to forget what country they live in, maybe even some VET will bash out the brains of the commie who arrested her, along with the chief who’s no doubt a commie to,but either way, this commuinist take over of america won’t stop till the law suites break the cities doing it,and the traitors are put on trial and then EXECUTED who can’t seem to handle living in a free country…..and then throw their entire family out of the country…..top to bottom……….

  • YOUR LOSING YOUR COUNTRY TO A BUNCH OF LOW IQ POLICE GANGS,and you have all the firepower you need to stop it,are you waiting to see if the door to door searches will come to your house,or maybe result in a family member being killed by the terrorist in blue,cause if thats what your waiting for ,YOUR GOING TO GET YOUR WISH…….

  • Look at the bright side. She got an up close and personal interview with the suspect.

  • sounds like a couple of terrorist cops needs there front doors kicked in in the middle of the night

  • chief we need that cockroaches name so I can publish his address

  • http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread845128/pg1

    Until this section of US Code is repealed, no law enforcement person or military can deprivate your rights under colors of the law without breaking the law he claims to follow. US CODE protects us from those who wear the colors. Each of the members of the military and law enforcement have sworn oaths to protect the constitution first and foremost. Any law that asks them to deny these rights is then in conflict with this law. Either they follow the law that says to protect rights, or they choose to deprivate rights.

    If you memorize nothing else in these end times, memorize this law. Currently, the law makers who have already deprivated our rights are in direct violation and are also guilty of Treason. Treason is also a component of Title 18. Forming treaties with foreign governments is Treason. Undermining the Union in any way is Treason. Working against the American People is Treason. They can only win if we fail to know the truth. The truth will set you free.

    Defending the Courty from Tyranny Within – What are the Guidelines?

    Section 242, Title 18

    Deprivation of Rights under Colors of the Law.

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation,
    or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory,
    Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any
    rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the
    Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different
    punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being
    an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed
    for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or
    imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury
    results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if
    such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a
    dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this
    title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death
    results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if
    such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated
    sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or
    an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned
    for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to
    death.

  • UNITED STATES CODE
    TITLE 18 – CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I – CRIMES
    CHAPTER 13 – CIVIL RIGHTS

    § 241. Conspiracy against rights

    If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any inhabitant of any State, Territory, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

    If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured –

    They shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results, they shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life.

    § 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any inhabitant of any State, Territory, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such inhabitant being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life.

  • Gosh, another INTERNAL investigation. Well, we all know that the upper-echelon pigs will do the right thing, don’t we?

    When are the people in this country going to start demanding that the investigations be handled OUTSIDE the fucking police hierarchy, eh?

  • The statute being quoted above applies only to cases where blatant racial discrimination is involved.
    The correct one is Title 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 which was established in 1871 and widely used since 1961.

  • Can someone please design a camera, video or otherwise, that can send a copy simultaneously of whatever it’s recording to an external storage device via (possibly) bluetooth? Or how about a device that would enable a hotspot-type signal output that would allow a person to transmit content that others in the immediate area could "grab" on to their device? We need to progress to the level where captured media is available to as many people possible instantly and is simultaneously stored on a secure backup device. If police knew that confiscating a cell phone or vi

  • If police knew that confiscating a cell phone or video recorder would not stop the recorded content from being distributed, I think that it would go a long way toward ending these confrontations with the law-abiding public.

  • if you think you are going to get help in the federal courts, you are wrong. First you will have to find a lawyer willing to do this; 99% of them won’t. IF you represent yourself, you will find out the judges dont follow the rules of the court. This country was being destroyed as soon as it was created, but since the 911 coup the destruction of freedom has become obvious. Tyranny isn’t seen by the ones that work, pay unlawful taxes, and watch tv, tyranny is seen by the ones who question and stand up to corrupt government.

  • I feel sorry for the photographer. Newspaper editors always back down due to wanting to not make the police angry. When I worked as a news photographer I was assaulted on more than one time, with witnesses, and no action as taken because the paper did not want to endanger its sources within the police department.

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