All governments share a common temptation: to use their power to evade accountability. Several police officers proved it again last week in Ferguson, Missouri.
In the middle of heated demonstrations over the shooting of Michael Brown, two reporters – one from the Washington Post – got roughed up and arrested without cause by officers at a McDonald’s restaurant. The officers may have been set off by Post reporter’s refusal to stop filming them with a video camera. They were certainly set off by the journalists’ presence.
It doesn’t get more black and white: Police slamming citizens around and handcuffing them for recording police behavior. In America, no less – where freedom of the press was written into the First Amendment precisely to guarantee journalists’ right to monitor government. Continue>>>