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ABC Man Jailed For Photos Of DNC Fat Cats

From ABC News:

ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors

Asa Eslocker Was Investigating the Role of Lobbyists and Top Donors at the Convention


Aug. 27, 2008—DENVER — Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.

A cigar-smoking Denver police sergeant, accompanied by a team of five other officers, first put his hands on Eslocker’s neck, then twisted the producer’s arm behind him to put on handcuffs.

A police official later told lawyers for ABC News that Eslocker is being charged with trespass, interference, and failure to follow a lawful order. He also said the arrest followed a signed complaint from the Brown Palace Hotel.

Eslocker was put in handcuffs and loaded in the back of a police van which headed for a nearby police station.

Video taken at the scene shows a man, wearing the uniform of a Boulder County sheriff, ordering Eslocker off the sidewalk in front of the hotel, to the side of the entrance.

The sheriff’s officer is seen telling Eslocker the sidewalk is owned by the hotel. Later, he is seen pushing Eslocker off the sidewalk into oncoming traffic, forcing him to the other side of the street.

It was two hours later when Denver police arrived to place Eslocker under arrest, apparently based on a complaint from the Brown Palace Hotel, a central location for Democratic officials.

During the arrest, one of the officers can be heard saying to Eslocker, “You’re lucky I didn’t knock the f..k out of you.”

Eslocker was released late today after posting $500 bond.

Eslocker and his ABC News colleagues are spending the week investigating the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention for a series of Money Trail reports on ABC’s “World News with Charles Gibson.”

Here is how an unconcerned Associated Press is reporting the incident:

ABC News Staffer Jailed in Denver Amid Convention

ABC News producer working on convention story is arrested outside Denver hotel


DENVER — An ABC News producer covering the Democratic convention was pushed into traffic by a sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday and then arrested, the network said.

Asa Eslocker was arrested on charges of interference, trespass and failure to obey a lawful order.

Authorities said Eslocker repeatedly had been told to stop blocking a sidewalk and an entrance to Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel. He wasn’t arrested until three hours after the first warning, police said.

ABC said Eslocker and a film crew were trying to photograph senators and donors for a story on the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention. The network said video of the incident shows a deputy telling Eslocker that the sidewalk is owned by the hotel, then pushing him into traffic.

“We expect to see that kind of thing in Myanmar, not on the streets of Denver,” ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said in a written statement.

Denver police Lt. Ron Saunier said he had no information on the claim that Eslocker was pushed into traffic. He urged the network to show the video to law enforcement…

“The Denver Police Department is committed to looking into each and every allegation of unnecessary force,” Saunier said.

Saunier said authorities have tried to accommodate the news media this week. “One instance with the media shouldn’t paint the entire event,” he said.

Eslocker is the first journalist reported to have been arrested during the convention. More than 100 other people have been arrested during protests.

Note how the AP avoids any suggestion that these newsmen were arrested for covering something that the Obama camp might not want shown.

As always, they must protect their masters.

(Thanks to Yonason for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 28th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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