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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:52 PM
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NYPD orders officers not to interfere with press
NYPD orders officers not to interfere with press

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Police Department's commissioner on Wednesday sent an internal message to officers ordering them not to unreasonably interfere with media access during news coverage and warning those who do will be subject to disciplinary action, after several journalists were arrested covering Occupy Wall Street demonstrations last week.

The message by Commissioner Raymond Kelly was being read at police precincts citywide.

A reporter and a photographer with The Associated Press were among those arrested while on private property covering a rally by protesters Nov. 15 in Manhattan. Police made the arrests after the demonstrators clipped a chain-link fence and entered a vacant lot owned by a nearby church.

The police department message notes that officers should not restrict media access on private property "to the extent it is feasible to do so."

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OCCUPY_MEDIA_...
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:53 PM
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1. Public pressure is very important! More and more on our side!
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:55 PM
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5. SO TRUE! nt
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:54 PM
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2. It coud not have a bit to do
With the tester and the lawsuits and Te OAS warning.

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phasma ex machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:54 PM
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3. Our war pig Central Banksters turned Zucotti into a war zone with a "no fly zone" overhead,
three sound cannons deployed, and hundreds (thousands?) of storm troopers itching for a fight.

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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:55 PM
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4. That's exactly why this movement is so important. It's the first one I've ever witnessed
in the U.S. as an adult, which is having an effect.
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sandyshoes17 Donating Member (100 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:12 PM
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6. Now they know how it feels
The press, especially, the AP and NYT helped the 1% for many years. They were mocking OWS a few weeks ago. They may have thought they were with the 1%, and now realized they arent. I think this will help us, they may finally start doing some real journalism for a change and stop selling wars and propaganda.

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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:24 PM
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7. LOL, yeah like I believe that. Didnt they disobey a court order? nm
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 08:03 PM
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8. what a wishy washy, cover your asses order.
NYPD is just trying to protect itself from lawsuits. They aren't doing this out of respect for the press.
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 08:08 PM
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9. "..unreasonably interfere..." - commish is off the hook now, so officers can do what they want lol n
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qb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:39 PM
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10. I'd have thought that was covered in Law Enforcement 101
Do they not swear to uphold the Constitution?
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