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Article posted Jun 23 2011, 7:46 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Reason Print

Reporters Arrested For Filming at D.C. Taxi Commission Hearing



Here's Reason.tv Producer Jim Epstein's account of what happened:

Why I Was Arrested Yesterday at a D.C. Taxi Commission Meeting

On June 22, 2011, I attended a meeting of the D.C. Taxi Commission for a story I'm currently working on about a proposed medallion system in the district.

About half-an-hour into the meeting, I witnessed journalist Pete Tucker snap a still photo of the proceedings on his camera phone. A few minutes later, two police officers arrested Tucker. I filmed Tucker's arrest and the audience's subsequent outrage using my iphone.

A few minutes later, as I was attempting to leave the building, I overheard the female officer who had arrested Tucker promise a woman, who I presumed to be an employee of the Taxi Commission, that she would confiscate my phone. Reason intern Kyle Blaine, overheard her say, "Do you want his phone? I can get his phone."

(The woman who was given assurances by the officer that she could have my phone can be seen at the end of the video telling me, "You do not have permission to record this!")

As I tried to leave, I was told by the same blond female officer to "stay put." I told her I was leaving and attempted to exit the building. I was then surrounded by officers, and told to remain still or I would be arrested.

I didn't move, but I tried to get the attention of a group of cab drivers who were standing nearby. At this point I was arrested.

I spent the remainder of the day in a cell in the basement of the building. I was released at about 4PM.

Related: "Sheer Insanity" as Reporters Arrested at Taxicab Commission Hearing





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Posted: Jun 24 2011, 4:55 PM

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173216 Get smart. Get a phone that sports a microSD, record to the card, then just sneak the card out prior to confiscation. Let 'em have the empty phone and put the card where the sun don't shine.


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