Some coverage of LA police assault

Hi Mark,

To answer your question of a few days ago…I finally did see coverage of this incident on ABC news last night. The coverage seemed fairly good (I was amazed). That is, the LAPD and its continuing problem with use of force was the focus of the piece. They mentioned how federal oversight has not been enough and the LAPD is acting un-reformed from it’s past track record. Anyway, perhaps that is some good news? — the fact of some coverage. Not sure if it made the news on the East coast though (I am in Portland, Oregon.)

All the best,

Ginny Ross
Also see this:

THE STATE
Police action on journalists
at melee is assailed
Some news outlets whose reporters and camera operators were hurt in melee mull legal claims against LAPD.

By Anna Gorman and Stuart Silverstein
Times Staff Writers

May 3, 2007

One day after several reporters and camera operators were injured while covering an altercation at an immigrant rights rally in MacArthur Park, news organizations condemned the Los Angeles Police Department for its use of batons and riot guns against members of the media, and some said they were considering legal options.

“We are sorry for what happened to our employees and find it unacceptable that they would be abused in that way when they were doing their job,” said Alfredo Richard, spokesman for the Spanish-language network Telemundo, of the anchor and the reporter who were hurt during the evening rally.

Other members of the media who were injured included four employees of KVEA-TV Channel 52, a KTTV-TV Channel 11 news reporter who suffered a minor shoulder injury, a camerawoman who has a broken wrist and a reporter for KPCC-FM (89.3) who was bruised by a police baton.

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