Two reporters arrested at public meeting of DC Taxi Commission. Why? For taking pictures


It’s Time to Inspect D.C.’s Hack Inspectors
by Peter Tucker

Yesterday, Jim Epstein of Reason TV and I were arrested at a public meeting of the D.C. Taxicab Commission (DCTC). The meeting was held at the U.S. Park Police headquarters. Somehow, Park Police officers got roped into becoming the DCTC’s armed security and both Epstein and I have been charged by the Park Police with “Unlawful Entry/Remaining” and “Disorderly Conduct.” Our “crime”? Taking pictures or video.

Less than an hour into the public meeting, a hack (taxi) inspector – with “K. Bears #17″ written on his shirt – told me I couldn’t take pictures. He stood in my way to ensure that I didn’t photograph the DCTC commissioners on the dais. I settled on taking a photo of him instead. Not long after, things went haywire.

“I am troubled by actions taken by the [DCTC],” wrote Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells in a strongly worded letter to Attorney General Irvin Nathan. “While the details are unclear, following a request of DCTC members or staff, two armed Park Police officers entered the auditorium, put a reporter in handcuffs, and removed him from the room. This was reportedly for taking photographs or making a video recording of the proceedings at an open and public meeting.”

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2 replies on “Two reporters arrested at public meeting of DC Taxi Commission. Why? For taking pictures”

Sir, I am amazed not only in learning what happened to you, but that I can’t locate any online source for people up in arms about this. No trending topic on Twitter? No massive postings anywhere I can find. Please guide me. I will be attempting soon to contact my J-teacher from the past, who I normally don’t have any contact with, but who I know will inform me more about this. Thank you for posting and keep talking. I would enjoy correspoinding with you if at all possible.

Linda, it didn’t happen to me. It happened to Pete Tucker.

But you’re quite right to be astonished at the non-reaction; and it’s not the first such case,
either. While it’s not a trending topic on Twitter, it’s certainly a trend in law enforcement,
as cops nationwide bust journalists at will.

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