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Arrested Photographer’s Photo Shows Police Using Knee On Protester’s Neck

Posted on: 4 September 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (September 2, 2008) – Associated Press photojournalist and NPPA member Matt Rourke, along with Democracy Now! television and radio host Amy Goodman and two of her producers, were released from a county jail a few hours after they were arrested Monday while covering an anti-war march during the first day of the Republican National Convention.

In addition, two University of Kentucky students and the photography advisor for the UK student newspaper, along with a freelancer shooting for Atlas Press, were also arrested while photographing protesters.

Rourke told News Photographer magazine tonight that when he got out of jail he had a drink and “tried to wash off all the pepper spray and get some sleep.”

And yet by Tuesday night he was back on the police lines with cameras covering protesters about six blocks from the convention site. “It was a low-key night” compared to Monday, Rourke said. “The police were throwing flash grenades, which are deafening, and a little pepper spray.” But tonight the photographer didn’t get arrested. He laughed, “I had specific instructions not to!” [via NPPA]


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  • thebail: Reblogged this on Underwater Ap
  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn
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