ABC News Reporter Arrested in Denver

ABC news producer Asa Enlocker was arrested at the Brown Palace today.

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's Palace Hotel.

...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 World News with Charles Gibson.

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    Freedom of the press (5.00 / 4) (#5)
    by DJ on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 03:24:00 PM EST
    freedom of the citizens, freedom of information?

    This is becoming a very sad place.

    Not when (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Wile ECoyote on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 05:22:03 PM EST
    it concerns the movers and shakers of the Democrat party and their money providers.

    Sad indeed... (none / 0) (#15)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 06:24:04 PM EST
    Society wide case of arrest-itis is what we have.

    In 2004, the UCR Program estimated the number of arrests in the United States for all criminal offenses (except traffic violations) at approximately 14 million
    - fbi.gov

    14 million people gave us no choice but to place them in chains in 2004?  Can't be right...it ain't right.


    err.... (none / 0) (#16)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 06:25:23 PM EST
    that includes people arrested multiple times...so make that 14 million instances, not people.

    Hillary' roll call beignning in 10 min (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by MichaelGale on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 04:15:28 PM EST

    Well, maybe our (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by JavaCityPal on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 05:35:42 PM EST
    young voters need to pay attention. This is the Democratic Party involved here. Too much secrecy going on.

    The way they put it sounds pretty outrageous (none / 0) (#1)
    by andgarden on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 02:51:55 PM EST

    Nah... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by pmj6 on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 03:21:10 PM EST
    In Russia reporters are shot in the head for stunts like that, so that obviously excuses the Denver police.

    they were probably told.... (none / 0) (#2)
    by p lukasiak on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 02:58:16 PM EST
    ...to "move on" for "security" reasons and didn't move fast enough/kept taking pictures.

    Of course, ABC reporters didn't have to go to a hotel to see influence peddling.  They could have taken the more convenient route -- staked out the corporate hospitality suites at the convention itself.  But then they might have to include influence peddling by media conglomerates in their reporting... can't have that.


    ABC reporters didn't have to go to... (none / 0) (#10)
    by desertswine on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 04:00:18 PM EST
    Yeah, they could just go to their corporate offices in Orlando.

    Following the Money (none / 0) (#3)
    by Carolyn in Baltimore on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 03:00:35 PM EST
    is the time-honored way to get at truth. If the MSM can't FTM we're UTCWAP.
    I sure want to know who's hobnobbing with the power elite.

    Really disappointing... (none / 0) (#6)
    by skuld1 on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 03:28:11 PM EST
    This is really sad.  (unless ABC is hiding some facts regarding the particulars of the arrest)

    and we are to back what? (none / 0) (#7)
    by hellothere on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 03:42:49 PM EST

    Wonder Which Corporate Event (none / 0) (#8)
    by BDB on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 03:48:16 PM EST
    they don't want covered?  There are so many of them, it would be hard to know where to start. There was one yesterday for Energy which turned out to be a code word for Oil & Gas.  Big surprise.  

    I think the new "Obama rules" for lobbyists, corporations, etc., are actually worse than the regular rules because they hurt transparency (an unintended consequence, I'm sure).  What's better a candidate who gets $2300 from a lobbyist (who is registered and whose name can be chekced) or the lobbyist's wife (who isn't registered and whose name might not be known)?  

    You must be talking about Beijing (none / 0) (#9)
    by D Jessup on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 03:52:02 PM EST
    We don't do stuff like that in this country.  I actually read that the security is tighter in Denver than it was at the Olympics.  Whats up with that?

    Got (none / 0) (#11)
    by Wile ECoyote on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 04:05:15 PM EST
    a link?  

    Freedom of Speech? (none / 0) (#17)
    by cyberhatch on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 09:51:23 AM EST
    I am astounded by the ignorance that surrounds free speech, The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled towards maintaing the integrity of the First Amendment. In fact it has called the press "The fourth branch of government". For those Conservatives railing against the "Liberal Reporter", remember ABC broadcasts Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and more Conservative voices. Would you want them shoved into the street too? All Conservatives, Liberals and Americans rely on freedom of speech. As far as the police, I think they're in need of some basic civil rights education. They didn't violate some obscure rule known only to those who it's important to, they shoved the FIRST AMENDMENT, along with the reporter, into the street! THE FIRST! What's up with that? They have a tough job yes but we don't give the hard working postal worker a pass after they shoot up the place do we?

    As far as where the reporter was standing, the sidewalk, here's what the U.S. Supreme Court ruled about that. I think it's even simple enough for a thug to understand.

    The more that a sidewalk or street resembles other sidewalks or streets, the more likely it is that courts will consider it a protected public forum. For instance, the Supreme Court found that the sidewalk surrounding the Supreme Court building itself was a public forum because it was indistinguishable from other sidewalks in Washington, D.C. Grace, 461 U.S. at 179 ("The sidewalks comprising the outer boundaries . . . are indistinguishable from any other sidewalks in Washington, D.C., and we can discern no reason why they should be treated any differently.").

    Let's look at the charges, trespass, interference and failure to follow a lawful order. Ok, looks like the U.S. Supreme Court has covered trespass and interference, and since the reporter was well within his rights, the request from the police was actually UNLAWFUL! Thank you Asa, you risked your life as you were shoved into traffic, protecting our rights! We need to demand that the police learn to respect the citizens, we're the ones who have empowered them and we actually have the ability to disempower them. They work for us, as much as they may not want to admit it, we're their bosses. Let's get that straight.