There have been other reports of police officers using a variety of tactics ranging from inappropriate orders directed at some journalists to physical interference with others, who were covering newsworthy sites and events. Indeed, as recently as this Monday it was reported (attached) that at another OWS demonstration, police “officers blocked the lens of a newspaper photographer attempting to document the arrests.” As a result, a number of press entities feel that more needs to be done if we are to resolve these issues in an amicable manner.
The police’s interference with the press extends past Occupy protests, the organizations say. An inspector threatened New York Daily News photographer David Handschuh at last year’s Macy’s Day parade, the National Press Photographers Association writes, and another Daily News reporter had his press credentials pulled while covering a fire in December, Capital New York reported.
In response, Deputy Commissioner Paul Brown told The Atlantic Wire that 1,600 new officers have received media training with an emphasis on 1st Amendment Protections.
Image: Co-signatures of a New York Times letter to the the NYPD. Via Capital New York (PDF).