Video Cameras Seized From Visiting Journalists in Mpls

Three journalists who traveled to the Twin Cities to document any police misconduct that might be directed at Republican National Convention protesters may have difficulty doing their jobs. The police have already confiscated their video cameras, cell phones, and a laptop computer.

The group said police detained them for about an hour after asking whether they knew about a rash of car burglaries in the area. The officers searched them without their consent and confiscated their belongings, the group said.

The police say the journalists were trespassing. Even if that's true, how did that offense justify a decision to confiscate the journalists' cameras? Were the officers actually motivated by a desire to prevent the journalists from documenting police misconduct?

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    Sounds like nyc four years ago. Another Republican (none / 0) (#1)
    by Christy1947 on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 11:44:43 AM EST
    convention. By contrast, as far as I can tell, Denver is noisy and boisterous but nothing like what happened in nyc has happened there as far as police are concerned. (So far. Fingers crossed).

    Police in Denver (none / 0) (#6)
    by Andreas on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 05:03:08 PM EST
    The police in Denver has repeatedly and violently attacked protesters at the DNC. But it is not surprising that you did not know. The "Democratic" Party is silent about that.

    What is it about Repub conventions that brings out (none / 0) (#2)
    by jawbone on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 11:45:12 AM EST
    the Tin Pot Dictator tactics? Look what happened in NYC--and how NYC is paying for it it in cold hard cash payouts.

    If these people need legal help (none / 0) (#3)
    by eric on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 12:06:55 PM EST
    there is plenty to be found.  We are Democrats in Minneapolis and St. Paul, we value free speech and have been preparing for this type of stuff.  There are tons of volunteer lawyers signed up by the ACLU and others.

    Unfortunately, we can't control the police.  For that, I apologize.

    What Party is the Sheriff? (none / 0) (#7)
    by Ben Masel on Sun Aug 31, 2008 at 03:40:44 AM EST
    Is he up for re-election this November?

    Didn't you get the memo?... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 12:10:47 PM EST
    After 9/11, cameras are now considered weapons of mass destruction.  You can get arrested for taking pictures....google the phrase to see what I'm talking about.

    Unless of course it's the state's camera, then it's for our protection and security and absolutely nothing to worry about or fear.

    So, is there anything in the Patriot Act that (none / 0) (#5)
    by JavaCityPal on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 12:30:09 PM EST
    makes this perfectly fine?

    We are giving up our freedoms to fear of an unknown.

    Bad State law, not PATRIOT (none / 0) (#8)
    by Ben Masel on Sun Aug 31, 2008 at 03:41:36 AM EST