New video released by public radio reporter and newspaper journalist Josie Huang shows her repeatedly identifying herself as a reporter from KPCC as Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies arrested her.
The video contradicts claims by the Sheriff’s Department that she did not identify herself as she attempted to video tape the arrest of a protester outside a hospital.
The situation was tense as the protesters taunted deputies at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood where two deputies are recovering from surgery after being ambushed.
Huang says she had covered a news conference. She said her “chest tightened” as she thought about the 6-year old boy of one of those deputies.
She said she returned to her car in the hospital garage to wrap things up with her editor when she heard screaming outside and ran toward the commotion. She said a lanyard identifying herself as a reporter hung from her neck. That lanyard can be seen in the videos she has released.
She said she followed deputies tailing one man down the street.
“I was filming an arrest when suddenly deputies shout “back up.” Within seconds, I was getting shoved around. There was nowhere to back up,” she tweeted.
In the next video, you can hear her repeatedly identify herself as being from KPCC as 5 deputies wrestle her to the ground. A second video shows deputies apparently trying to stomp on her phone to render it inoperable.
Both the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and her bosses at LAist have called for the charges to be dropped against her.
She is accused of obstructing the arrest of a protesters and was held in jail for some five hours before being released.
As AsAmNews reported yesterday, the incident left her with scrapes and bruises.
The Los Angeles County Inspector General has launched a probe into the incident.
“What surprises me the most is that once she was identified as a reporter that they transported her, that they cited her,” L.A. County Inspector Gen. Max Huntsman told the Los Angeles Times .
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