- Earlier this month, Los Angeles Times reporter James Queally wrote about an unusual case of police action against a journalist. As he noted, authorities in L.A. had charged a freelance reporter — but no one else — with failing to disperse from a protest scene last fall.
- Late on Thursday night, Queally found himself in a similar situation: He was briefly detained for the same offense, video from the scene shows, his hands zip-tied while covering unrest over the city’s efforts to clear a large homeless encampment, even as he had a police-issued credential hanging around his neck.
- Queally said he and Kate Cagle, a TV reporter for Spectrum News 1 SoCal, were among at least five reporters arrested amid demonstrations Thursday near Echo Park Lake, a central Los Angeles landmark that has become a literal and ideological battleground over the city’s homelessness crisis. Queally said multiple legal observers, lawyers who typically identify themselves with bright green hats, were also arrested.
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