On Sunday, an unnamed police officer told reporters that they would be arrested if they did not stop filming in front of the Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. The journalists were attempting to cover a story of a child who was shot and killed over the weekend.
Hospital security guards called police and claimed that a reporter tried to push past them and get into the hospital. When police showed up, reporters with NBC Chicago claimed they moved across the street and into a median, away from the public sidewalk in front of the hospital.
However, one police officer told reporters (vidoe below): “Your First Amendment right can be terminated if you’re creating a scene or whatever.”
One of the reporters responded: “But this is what we do for a living! What we do for a living is creating a scene?”
A second reporter said: “You’ve got a lawsuit coming.”
The officer then yelled: “I don’t care about no damn lawsuit! F*ck a lawsuit. Just ’cause you sue doesn’t mean you’re going to win.”
He then arrested Donte Williams, a photographer, and Dan Ponce, a reporter for WGN-TV Chicago. Both journalists were detained for ten minutes and then released without charge.