WBRZ-TV Reporter Arrested, Accused of Interfering With an Investigation and Intimidating an Officer
A comment made by a WBRZ-TV reporter resulted in his arrest early Thursday morning after he was issued a criminal summons for interfering with a law enforcement investigation, a Baton Rouge police report says.
Brett Buffington, 27, of 11959 Nicholson Drive, was booked on counts of interfering with an officer and intimidating a public official.
According to the report, Buffington interfered with a burglary investigation at the 600 block of South Eugene Drive at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday when he disobeyed police requests to leave the area and took photos using a flash, which diverted the officers’ attention and put “their lives in danger.”
Police placed Buffington in the back of a police unit until the area was made safe, the report says. Buffington was then issued a criminal summons and told he was free to leave, to which he told an officer, “Hope you enjoy the rest of your career.”
So, pointing out the possibility of legal accountability is “intimidation of a public official?” Would you also be arrested for threatening to report to internal affairs? Get a lawyer? Tell the judge you’re not guilty? Vote against the sheriff? Publicize the event?
I don’t think a federal civil rights investigation is out of place here.