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Reporter Who Caught Police in Occupy LA Lie Files Suit

Despite a display of proper press credentials, City News Service reporter Calvin Milam was thrown to the ground and dragged away November 30, 2011 by police during the clear-out of Occupy LA’s downtown encampment. But it’s what immediately followed that really took the journalist by surprise.

The LAPD tried to dismiss the confrontation by claiming Milam was drunk and belligerent. All well and good, except for the fact that video of the incident completely disproved this version of events. Late last month, Milam finally filed suit in LA Superior Court. Per a Courthouse News Service report:

“The only reason he wasn’t prosecuted was because we located video which completely puts lie to what the cops said,” said Milam’s [high-powered] attorney Mark Geragos. “It’s astonishing to see that video and then see what was alleged: that he didn’t identify himself, show press credentials and that he was resisting.”

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Supposedly Drunken City News Service Journo’s OccupyLA Arrest Caught on Video–Stone Cold Sober

When City News Service reporter Calvin Milam was arrested while covering the LAPD crackdown on OccupyLA earlier this month, police initially told LA Weekly’s Dennis Romero that Milam had been drunk and failed to identify himself as a journalist As you can see from this video, however, shot by Alex Mannone of The Occupied Venice Journal, Milam appears perfectly sober and clearly presents his press pass to officers prior to his arrest. The City Maven did some digging and found out that, since the official story and the video are so at odds, Milam’s case has been referred to LAPD internal affairs.

Milam was forced to post a $5,000 bond for attempting to cover the crackdown, and has an arraignment hearing scheduled on Jan. 6, 2012.

Milam’s arrest is at the 3:22 mark in the video.