Detroit Guild condemns police for photographer’s arrest, urges Free Press publisher ‘to take further action’
The Detroit Guild on Thursday sent a letter to Police Chief James Craig denouncing Free Press photographer Mandi Wright's arrest last week after filming an arrest with an iPhone.
"The Guild demands that you issue a formal apology to Wright and that you take disciplinary action against the officers responsible for this illegal conduct against a photo journalist, who was just doing her job while witnessing a police arrest on a public street," guild president Lou Mleczko wrote. He also sent a letter to Free Press publisher Paul Anger urging the organization "to take further action directed at the Detroit Police Department."
The letters come the same week the National Press Photographer's Association sent a letter to Detroit police this week saying Wright's First Amendment rights were violated.
“In any free country the balance between actual vigilance and over-zealous enforcement is delicate,” NPPA lawyer Mickey Osterreicher wrote in the letter to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, the Freep's Gina Damron reports. “It may be understandable that law enforcement officers have a heightened sense of awareness after pursuing an armed suspect — but that is no excuse for blatantly violating a person’s First Amendment rights — as appears to be the case here.” (more...)