January 18th, 2012 by Alicia Calzada and tagged Access, edward r. baier, journalism, journalism school, journalist, Mickey Osterreicher, national press photographers association, photojournalism, police relations, san diego
Earlier this week NPPA member and San Diego freelance photojournalists Edward R. Baier was arrested while covering an incident near the San Diego River.
Reports state that Baier was on public property and complied with officers in respecting a perimeter they set up. Yet he was arrested and his camera gear was seized.
The department responded to NPPA almost immediately, with Assistant Chief Boyd Long telling Osterreicher that the equipment would be returned and that an internal investigation had been initiated. Baierâ€™s camera, tapes and other seized equipment were returned to him the next day.
After the incident Baier said, â€œif it wasnâ€™t for Mickey Osterreicherâ€™s letterÂ from theÂ NPPA I would not have had my equipment returned to me.â€ â€œI am very proud to be a member of an organization the has the legal resources available to its membership at anytime,â€ he added.
To read the letter sent by NPPA, click here: San Diego Police Letter 01-16-12-1
See also, article here.
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