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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

ABC Producer Arrested In Denver While Taking Photos- Of Democratic Senators and Donors: YouTube Video Added

YouTube video added.

ABC is reporting that an ABC News producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the investigative unit of ABC was arrested today while attempting to photograph Democratic Senators and VIP donors as they were leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.
The ABC investigative unit was investigating corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention. The video shown on ABC news , shows Eslocker being ordered off the sidewalk that the officer claimed was privately owned by the hotel, where he and the camera crew were attempting to take pictures of Democratic Senators and VIP donors as they were leaving the hotel.

The Boulder County sheriff's officer was caught on film pushing Eslocker off the sidewalk into oncoming traffic, continuing until he had pushed him all the way to other side of the street.

Two hours later the Denver police arrived and arrested Eslocker alleging there was a complaint filed by the Brown Palace Hotel.

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 producers arm behind him to put on handcuffs.

The charges against Eslocker are trespassing, interference, and failure to follow a lawful order, and he was later released on a $500 bond.

The investigative unit was taking pictures for a Money Trail series that is being reported on by ABC World News with Charles Gibson, which is running every night this week and next from both nominating conventions..

[Update] Denver Post reports a statement made by Brian Ross from ABC News, saying, "We're getting under their skin, I think."

(H/T memorandum)