Following up my post from yesterday about the Miami area reporter that was arrested for allegedly packing at a school while covering a story, here is the press release on the issue from the Second Amendment Foundation. From Alan Gottlieb:
He appears to have remained on a public sidewalk, where he had a right to be as a citizen, and a responsibility to be as a reporter doing his job.
“He never exhibited the handgun,” he added, “nor does it appear he entered any school facility. The only threat he seems to have posed to anyone might have been his already-proven ability to flesh out a story that perhaps school authorities would rather not see on the evening news.
Read the entire presser; because it also details some attempted abuses of the First Amendment by the local authorities. Yesterday, I was a little harsh with the reporter, because quite frankly I assumed that he had flashed his gun or done something explicit to indicate that he was packing.
However, I’m inclined to believe the information provided by SAF on this issue, as they’ve always been a source of pretty good information. Unfortunately, if SAF is correct with the facts of this case, in that the reporter remained on a public sidewalk and did not enter school property, than his arrest is completely out of order.
This causes me to revisit my question from yesterday – namely how did the police know he had a firearm? If he didn’t exhibit his sidearm, then probable cause for the arrest goes right out the window right there, and with it goes the entire arrest. Add that to my extreme distaste for the possibility that law enforcement was being used by the school board to silence dissent, then I am lead to the Shakespearean conclusion that “something is rotten in Denmark”.