Deputies arrest reporter protecting protest exterior hospital

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested a public-radio reporter as she coated protests that had erupted exterior a hospital the place two deputies had been being handled for gunshot wounds suffered Saturday night in an “ambush” attack.

The reporter, Josie Huang, of KPCC and LAist, was taken into custody exterior St. Francis Medical Heart in Lynwood and launched hours later.

The incident got here a day after sheriff’s deputies in riot gear arrived at a information convention being held by activists. The audio system had been important of the killing of Dijon Kizzee by deputies in South L.A. earlier this month. When the information convention ended, the deputies ordered these attending, together with reporters, to go away the realm. The incident prompted requires an investigation into the techniques.

The arrest on the hospital can also be producing criticism.

Video posted by ABC7 confirmed a number of deputies pinning Huang to the bottom and handcuffing her.

“We noticed one of many radio reporters that was right here on the scene, she had rushed as much as the police line there to see what was occurring when she was abruptly taken down by the deputies,” stated ABC7 reporter Leanne Suter. “We’re not precisely positive what occurred there, why they tackled her and put her right into a patrol automobile, however that occurred.”

Demonstrators had gathered exterior the hospital the place two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies had been recovering from surgical procedure. Each had been critically wounded after being shot Saturday night in Compton in what authorities described as an ambush that was captured on surveillance video.

The Sheriff’s Division’s relationship with the neighborhood has remained tense within the wake of a number of deputy-involved shootings, most not too long ago the killing of Kizzee as he rode a bicycle within the Westmont neighborhood of South L.A., an incident that sparked days of protests.

Final week, sheriff’s detectives shot and killed a person who they stated opened hearth on them as they served a search warrant in Compton.

The division stated on Twitter that, following Saturday’s capturing, among the protesters blocked entrances and exits of the hospital, however that might not be independently verified.

Deputies had been attempting to arrest a protester who refused to adjust to an order to disperse, the division tweeted, when Huang “ran in the direction of the deputies, ignored repeated instructions to remain again as they struggled with the male and interfered with the arrest.”

The division stated that Huang didn’t determine herself as press and lacked “correct” press credentials. However different reporters on the scene stated she was shouting her affiliation with the radio station and sporting her credentials, Megan Garvey, govt editor of KPCC, wrote on Twitter. As Huang was being put into the patrol automobile, she might be seen sporting a lanyard with a badge hooked up to it round her neck. Video from the scene additionally appeared to point out she recognized herself as a reporter.

Huang was launched Sunday morning. She stated she would reply to the division’s claims that she didn’t have correct press credentials. “I’ve seen tweets and have ideas and movies to share quickly after a little bit relaxation,” she tweeted.

“NPR is appalled by the arrest of Josie Huang, a KPCC public radio reporter, who was performing her job final night time — gathering information to tell the American public,” the group stated in a statement released on Twitter. “The rights of journalists are protected by the First Modification, and important to an knowledgeable public and our Democracy.”

LAist stated it had referred to as for an apology from the division.

Instances workers author Richard Winton contributed to this report.