Albuquerque only seems to get national attention when something bad happens. This time the local NBC affiliate KOB channel 4 had a cameraman who was arrested by a police. The “raw video” shows the cop gets into a scuffle with the cameraman while the cop tries to arrest the cameraman.
There’s something missing from this video, like what lead up to this indicent. KOB’s story only says:
The photographer says he was asked to leave the scene and go to a media staging area. However, he says officers did not tell him where that area was located.
I bet there’s more to it than that. The cops probably told the cameraman mutiple times what to do any he probably continued to mouth off to them and ignore their instruction. I’ve never heard of this sort of thing happening in Albuquerque before and I doubt the police officer just walked up to him decided to arrest him becasue he asked for his badge number.
My opinion of KOB is they like to sensationalize the news and this seems to be leading in this direction.
Update 6/12/08: Guess the cops did make a mistake.
The Chief of Police Ray Schultz has viewed a videotape of the confrontation and concluded that several mistakes were made during the confrontation.
Update 7/2/08: The charges against the photographer has been dropped.
A judge has thrown out the charges against an Eyewitness News 4 photographer accused of disobeying a police officer at a crime scene.
The officer is now on paid leave, and is scheduled to have a disciplinary hearing next week.
Update 9/13/08: The officer has been fired.