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Charges Against WITI Photojournalist Dropped

Charges were dropped this week against WITI photojournalist Clint Fillinger, who was arrested back in September while filming at the scene of a house fire.

Fillinger, 68, was clearly outside of the yellow police tape, standing next to a group of onlookers, when a Milwaukee police officer began hassling him about filming at the scene.

After being backed down for several yards, Fillinger briefly touched the officer in a defensive motion–a move that sparked the cop to knock Fillinger to the ground and arrest him (video here).  He was charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer. WITI management, along with the NPPA, protested the charges.

WITI reported on the dropped charges during its evening newscasts on Wednesday.

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Milwaukee Police Chief Defends Officer Involved in Confrontation With WITI Photojournalist

Milwaukee police chief Ed Flynn has issued a response to requests that charges against WITI photojournalist Clint Fillinger be dropped.

“If the cameraman had simply complied with the instructions to back off of a working fire, none of this hullabaloo would be taking place,” Flynn told WITI on Wednesday (watch above).

Fillinger was arrested Sunday night in Milwaukee following a scuffle with a police officer on the scene of a house fire.

WITI Photojournalist Arrested While Filming Behind Police Tape

WITI photojournalist Clint Fillinger was arrested on Sunday night following a confrontation with a Milwaukee police officer who was trying to restrict Fillinger’s access to the scene of a house fire.

Fillinger was shooting video behind the yellow police tape, where a small group of people had gathered to watch.  He says that a Milwaukee police sergeant singled him out and ordered him to move back.

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