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Cop handcuffs reporter for covering traffic accident

By David Edwards
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:43 EDT
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A reporter for the local ABC affiliate in El Paso was handcuffed and detained while trying to cover a traffic accident on I-10. “Motorists stuck in traffic witnessed veteran journalist Darren Hunt and photojournalist Ric Dupont being handcuffed and detained,” reported ABC 7.

The two were attempting to report on a flipped semi-truck when they had a confrontation with local police sergeant.

Darren continued to try to get information from the men in fatigues when the situation began to escalate. The sergeant jumped the barrier and told Darren to get in the truck (an ABC-7 news unit) and leave, then held Darren with his hands behind his back to the side of the truck belonging to a witness that was parked on the shoulder.

“I’m not doing anything,” Darren said repeatedly.

Darren and Ric were handcuffed, read their Miranda rights and taken to the Westside Regional Command Center. They were released within a few minutes. The entire incident lasted about an hour.

The El Paso Police Department has launched an investigation.

ABC 7 has more details here.

This video is from ABC 7 KVIA, broadcast Apr. 21, 2009.



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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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