Respected Independent Journalist Arrested at RNC

Amy Goodman goes down:

She was, claims her news agency, defending two producers. All three have been released by now. Two of the arrested (Abdet Kouddus and Nicole Salazar) have definite Mid-Eastern appearance and names. I wonder if this had anything to do with it.

Another concern, of course, is that protesters are being arrested for “conspiracy to riot.” Does that mean anyone at a protest can be arrested on the same basis — that they might riot?

Charges are still pending, and Democracy Now! reports on other arrests at the RNC:

During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, including a photographer for the Associated Press.

So much for the fourth estate…

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