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Las Vegas Cops Arrest Journalist Filming Protest (Video)

| by Michael Allen

KLAS photojournalist Nebyou Solomon was arrested while filming a protest outside of the Trump International hotel on April 15 in Las Vegas (video below).

The protest was one of many across the country calling on Trump to release his past tax returns.

Solomon was filming from a sidewalk when police were filmed arresting him for allegedly trespassing on the private property of the Fashion Show Mall, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

As Solomon was arrested, people chanted, "Let him go!"

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KLAS General Manager Lisa Howfield released a statement about Solomon's arrest, notes FTV Live:

Today, one of our employees, an experienced and respected photojournalist Neb Solomon, was arrested by Metro police officers, charged with trespassing and obstruction. Neb was doing his job, carrying out an assignment given to him by his news managers, covering a news event of considerable interest to the community.

We support Neb and the rights of all journalists to report from the scene of newsworthy events. While some details surrounding this arrest are still being gathered, we are fully prepared to take the appropriate steps based on the facts and governing laws.

The Metropolitan Police Department also released a statement:

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While Mr. Solomon was working in an official capacity as a member of the media, he was recording the event from what was determined to be private property which belongs to the Fashion Show Mall. Fashion Show Mall security officers requested that he not film from their property and when he refused, notified LVMPD officers who were already present at the event.

Upon contact by officers, Mr. Solomon was uncooperative and refused to provide his personal identifying information, in violation of NRS 171.123. Mr. Solomon was told he would be issued a misdemeanor citation for Trespass to which he replied that he would not sign -- a violation of NRS 171.177.

Because of his refusal, Mr. Solomon was arrested and transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he was booked accordingly.

Amy Rose, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "The courts have consistently found that sidewalks on Fremont and on parts of the Strip are traditionally a public forum."

"It is so, so disturbing that Metro decided to arrest a journalist who was doing his job by filming a political protest," Rose added. "And the facts as we understand them, this was an assault to his constitutional rights."

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2001 that the sidewalk in front of the Venetian Casino Resort was a public area for free speech under the First Amendment, reported the Metropolitan News-Enterprise.

Sources: Las Vegas Review-Journal, FTV Live, Metropolitan News-Enterprise / Photo credit: Pixabay

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