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DNC Protests: ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver

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  • uploaded: Aug 28, 2008
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DENVER -- Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.

A cigar-smoking Denver police sergeant, accompanied by a team of five other officers, first put his hands on Eslocker's neck, then twisted the producer's arm behind him to put on handcuffs.

A police official later told lawyers for ABC News that Eslocker is being charged with trespass, interference, and failure to follow a lawful order. He also said the arrest followed a signed complaint from the Brown Palace Hotel.

Eslocker was put in handcuffs and loaded in the back of a police van which headed for a nearby police station.

Video taken at the scene shows a man, wearing the uniform of a Boulder County sheriff, ordering Eslocker off the sidewalk in front of the hotel, to the side of the entrance.

The sheriff's officer is seen telling Eslocker the sidewalk is owned by the hotel. Later, he is seen pushing Eslocker off the sidewalk into oncoming traffic, forcing him to the other side of the street.

It was two hours later when Denver police arrived to place Eslocker under arrest, apparently based on a complaint from the Brown Palace Hotel, a central location for Democratic officials.

During the arrest, one of the officers can be heard saying to Eslocker, "You're lucky I didn't knock the f..k out of you."

Eslocker was released late today after posting $500 bond.

Eslocker and his ABC News colleagues are spending the week investigating the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention for a series of Money Trail reports on ABC's "World News with Charles Gibson."

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  • Hypnopants#

    Hypnopants August 29, 2008 9:02:32 AM CEST

    Maybe they arrest them purely so they can make money off of their bail? :D

  • Lowmank#

    Lowmank August 29, 2008 7:54:13 AM CEST

    I guess it was the same camera. But why cut it? I lived in Denver for a while, I found the cops there VERY easy going compared to El Paso.

  • Lowmank#

    Lowmank August 29, 2008 7:52:07 AM CEST

    I agree. The cop told him to move, the guy said hold on, still doing what he was doing before WITH HIS FUCKING CELL PHONE IN HIS EAR. I hate that. The camera was rolling before that happened, why did they start it right before the cop made him move? Then it cut and went to another camera. Still no pretext either way. They didn't beat him. Proper restraint.

  • Kolgoroth#

    Kolgoroth August 28, 2008 10:28:07 PM CEST

    Soon they will push and the people will push back.

  • Ultraboob#

    Ultraboob August 28, 2008 3:18:19 PM CEST

    Damn, you hit that one right out of the park doc! but sometimes I think the media reaps what they sow....hee hee hee

  • Drjones#

    Drjones August 28, 2008 1:50:41 PM CEST

    They think they are so cool:"you are under arrest buster"! What a world we live in.My only hope is that for things to be this bad must mean that their is an opposite to that which is what we all should be believing in and fighting for.

  • Drjones#

    Drjones August 28, 2008 1:48:21 PM CEST

    I think we need to give ahole cops like this a piece of their own medicine.These "officers of the law" what a joke are NWO robots.

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