Purdue police detain student journalist, seize his camera

The Exponent | Journal & Courier


Michael Takeda, the photo editor for the independent Purdue University student paper The Exponent, "was slammed to the ground by the Purdue Police" Tuesday while reporting on a shooting on campus, Taylor Vincent reports.

The officers confiscated Takeda’s camera and photos, detained and questioned his whereabouts within the building, which was then on lockdown after being held by the police for roughly three hours.

Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center intervened after a request from the paper, Mikel Livingston reports in the Journal & Courier. Police returned the camera, and the paper's publisher, Pat Kuhnle, told Livingston "it appeared that the photographs on the camera were untouched."



You can see one of Takeda's photos in this Exponent account of the shooting.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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