Los Angeles Police Arrest Two Videographers During Political Unrest

(ReliableNews.org) – Tensions continue to mount in Los Angeles after months of political and social unrest in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man, while in police custody. Allegations of police officers targeting journalists abound with video footage of numerous encounters making their way to Twitter. 

Wednesday night, November 4, two videographers and over 40 others found themselves under arrest for allegedly failing to comply with a lawful order to disperse issued by police. One of the journalists, Sean Beckner-Carmitchel, posted a clip on his Twitter account appearing to show the police singling him out for arrest. 

The other videographer, Vishal Singh, spoke to the Los Angeles Times, telling them police singled out reporters with cameras to arrest them. According to him, “multiple police officers” pointed him out while he was live-streaming the protest and “just grabbed me.” 

A police spokesperson confirmed the arrests but refused to provide any details. California lawmakers passed a new law offering increased legal protections for journalists covering protests. However, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newson vetoed the bill. 

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