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Minneapolis PD Detains Three Indy Journalists; Confiscates Equipment
Minneapolis Police officers detained three journalists early this morning, confiscating each of their personal belongings including cell phones, video cameras, still cameras, a computer, hard drive, clothing, personal objects and money.
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MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICERS DETAIN INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS AND CONFISCATE THEIR EQUIPTMENT
MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DETAIN THREE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS, CONFISCATING VIDEO EQUIPTMENT, COMPUTER, PHONES, NOTEBOOKS AND MONEY AMONG OTHER PERSONAL BELONGINGS
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (August 26, 2008) – Minneapolis Police officers detained three journalists early this morning, confiscating each of their personal belongings including cell phones, video cameras, still cameras, a computer, hard drive, clothing, personal objects and money. The journalists are all members of New York City based Glass Bead Collective and are in town to document the events around the Republican National Convention. Police officer York photographed the three journalists and questioned them individually about their travel plans and what they intended to report on. The officers refused to file an official report of the incident or a receipt of the items taken, claiming that they were allowed to conduct the search and seizure under the jurisdiction of Homeland Security due to security risks leading up to the Republican National Convention.
The journalists were detained and then released after their belongings were seized. The journalists were clear that they did not consent to being searched at any point during the detainment.