Shocking video - did reporter experience police brutality?
Everyone's got a job to do: photographers, reporters, the police, et cetera. But did the police takes things just a little too far when they arrested Shareblue Media reporter Mike Stark, who was on the scene filming Ed Gillespie’s campaign vehicle as it pulled up to a parade in Annandale, Virginia? Republican Ed Gillespie is currently campaigning to become governor of Virginia.
A police officer demanded that Stark cease filming and move a further 20 yards back from the already 20 yards separating him and the vehicle. He was also informed by police that he would not be able to ask any quesitons of the gubernatorial candidate at the public campaign event. Responding with, "F___ this', police then moved in to arrest Stark. Not one, or two, or even three officers were involved, but a staggering posse of six officers. Watch as Stark is swept off his feet, face-planiting the pavement, before another four officers join in on the process of handcuffing an unarmed civilian holding a mobile phone. A detailed account of what transpired was reported on the Shareblue Media website.
Sadly, it's not ususual for photographers to be harassed while working, and the American Civil Liberties Union has released information on their website as to how to respond to such situations. Regardless of where in the world you're shooting, be it the USA, UK, or even at home, you should familairise yoursellf with local laws and customs to avoid any problems.
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