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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.

RTDNA Urges Milwaukee Police Department to Drop Charges Against WITI Photojournalist

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

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.

Video inside… Read more

Video: EMS Official Confronts WNBC Photographer

A WNBC photographer got locked in a confrontation with an emergency medical official earlier this month while trying to cover the aftermath of a chemical spill in Bohemia, NY.  And the incident was caught on tape (video above) by Phil Datz, the freelance cameraman who was arrested in July for filming police officers following a car chase. Read more

WBFF Photojournalist Passes Away Suddenly After Lifelong Battle with Diabetes

Earlier this week, WBFF announced that photojournalist Chris Monroe had passed away suddenly at the age of 42, and now details are emerging that point to a possible cause of death.

Journal-isms is reporting that Monroe was a lifelong diabetic “who at one point would undergo kidney dialysis as he slept at night so he could work as a photojournalist during the day.”

Monroe had spent the last seven years with the Baltimore Fox-affiliate.

“We will miss him terribly,” WBFF said in a statement. “He endured many ‘tests’ in life with divine strength and always, ALWAYS with a smile. Never complaining.”

Monroe’s parents told Journal-isms that a medical examiner is working to determine the cause of death.

Following Photojournalist’s Arrest, RTDNA Offers Media Training to Police Departments

The RTDNA is sending a message to police officers that could be viewed as either an olive branch or a veiled critique. Or both.

Following the recently renounced arrest of Long Island photojournalist Phil Datz, the RTDNA is offering first amendment training assistance to the Suffolk County Police Department, as well as any other police departments around the country that may be in need of a refresher course in media relations.

“This arrest showed a gross misunderstanding of the media’s First Amendment right to inform the public,” RTDNA chairman Mark Kraham stated. “With that said, RTDNA is here to help.”

The organization has not gone into specifics about what sort of assistance it would be willing to provide police departments and it appears that it will consider questions and requests from departments on a case-by-case basis.

WTAE Cameraman Set to Stand Trial for Groping Woman During Bogus Interview

WTAE photographer Lenni Todd has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly groping a 21-year-old woman after he tricked her into filming a bogus interview.

According to the Observer-Reporter, Todd decided to wave a preliminary hearing on Monday in an effort to avoid anticipated media coverage, moving the case closer to a trial.

In June, Todd, 58, reportedly conned his way into the woman’s home by telling her that he was shooting video for Animal Planet.  According to court documents, Todd showed up to her house in a vehicle emblazoned with the WTAE logo and used equipment that bore the station’s name. While setting up for the bogus interview, Todd allegedly touched the woman’s breasts and groped her buttocks.

While he wasn’t on duty at the time, Todd told police that he was running late for his 10:30 a.m. shift at WTAE. Read more

Commissioner Nullifies Arrest of Photojournalist, Orders Media Relations Training

Bowing to pressure from the Press Club of Long Island and other media organizations, the Suffolk County Police Department has decided to drop its charges against photojournalist Phil Datz.

Datz was arrested on Friday evening as he attempted to film the conclusion of a police chase on Long Island. Despite his apparent efforts (documented in a video uploaded to YouTube) to follow protocol in filming the police arrest a group of suspects, Datz was taken into police custody and charged with obstruction of governmental administration.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said in a statement on Monday that he is working to have the arrest nullified. He also stated that an internal review is underway and all officers will receive remedial media relations training.

“The police department believes in keeping an open line of communication with the media,” Dormer said, “and we will be reviewing the department’s policy concerning involvement with the news media.” [Via Long Island Press]

Photojournalist Arrested for Filming Police

Photojournalist Phil Datz was arrested on Friday while attempting to film the conclusion of a police chase on Long Island.

Datz works for Stringer News Service, a Long Island-based news agency that provides breaking news footage for New York area stations, and was standing on the sidewalk filming suspects being arrested when an officer approached him, demanding that he leave the scene (video above). Read more

WFAA Photojournalist Attacked with Fireworks

“Once I got there, I noticed that it was basically a war zone going on,” WFAA photojournalist Robert Flagg said, describing the scene outside of a Dallas apartment complex as a group of Fourth of July revelers shot fireworks at each other.

When Flagg arrived at the scene, several young men started aiming their bottle rockets and roman candles in his direction.

“The missiles–or whatever they were–they were hitting, they were bouncing off my chest and off my camera,” Flagg recalled. “One hit me in the back, and it burned my neck and it burned my shirt.” (Raw video above). Read more

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