The RTDNA has sent a letter to the Milwaukee Police Department to express “profound dismay at the treatment and arrest of Clinton Fillinger, a veteran photojournalist working for Milwaukee television station Fox6Now, by two of your sergeants on September 19.”
Fillinger, a photojournalist at WITI, was arrested Sunday night at the scene of a house fire in Milwaukee. He was shooting video behind police tape when an officer requested he turn off the camera; Fillinger refused, resulting in a confrontation between the two (watch it here).
“Mr. Fillinger was doing nothing more than his job, on a public street, behind police and fire lines, within his rights and within reason,” RTDNA region 4&5 director Peggy Phillip wrote. “We respectfully request that all charges against Mr. Fillinger immediately be dropped, and that you conduct an investigation of the incident and bring disciplinary action against the officers involved if necessary.” Read more