Updated: Exclusive: The Man Arrested At Baltimore Police Brutality Protests Is Watchdog Baltimore Spectator
This is a fast moving story - so please stay with me:
The arrest was caught on video:
The man arrested this evening in Baltimore is renowned police watchdog Baltimore Spectator:
This is notable because two years ago Spectator live streamed an interaction with a S.W.A.T. team at his house, that was a quasi-armed standoff, and lasted for several hours.
This tweet being sent while under arrest from inside @BaltimorePolice Western District station
All said, I’m WORRIED for @BaltoSpectator primarily because I’ve seen him harassed firsthand for speaking. That’s it. I speak. You speak.
Happening now. Trying to find out why the footage was deleted. pic.twitter.com/ptcOeRg4pQ
Being released now pic.twitter.com/5eIemrRenF
update #2: he has since become a sort of super hero:
Um, so like I literally just ran into a burning building and put out a fire. The hell
@BaltoSpectator some kinda night you’re having.
A large much more vocal, visibly agitated crowd just reconverged in front the police station. pic.twitter.com/mv1xS25YoV
Crowd beginning to get more and more animated. Great amount of tension and anger in the air. Police looking real nervous.
Funny thing, my citation says I was detained for “protesting” although it’s clear what I’m doing here is photo journalism & tweeting.
disclaimer: I was personally involved in that standoff, and spent most of that evening on the phone with the Chief of Police, in an attempt to keep shots from being fired. no shots were fired, and he was not convicted of any crime in the event. I consider him a friend, and fellow police observer.
I will keep this updated as more information comes to light.