A TV reporter was placed in handcuffs by police when he tried to film a public meeting in Kinloch, Missouri, on June 30 (video below).
Chris Hayes of KTVI was trying to cover a special meeting that was supposed to address uninsured and unregistered police cars.
In a previous report on June 29, Hayes said that Kinloch police cars had wheels with missing lug nuts and wheel studs. Ex-Officer Bob Brooks said he unknowingly drove a squad car that was registered to someone in Barnhart. Hayes also reported that another police car was registered to a cab company that had donated the vehicle to the cops more than a year before.
With the cat out of the bag, the city called a special meeting that Hayes tried to attend with his cameraman.
According to Hayes, a police officer told him that he and his crew could film, but a captain stopped him.
"It’s a public meeting," Hayes told the captain, who replied, "No recordings. No video."
"Either you come into the meeting without your camera or you don’t come in," the Captain insisted.
When Hayes asked to see the actual law banning the filming, the captain replied, "I’m not going to tell you again, sir."
"I’m not going to tell you again," Hayes said.
"You really wanna play this up?" the captain fired back.
"We’re allowed in there," Hayes replied.
"I’m telling you you’re not coming in here with a camera," the captain told him. "Now, do you really want to play it up?"
"Is it a public meeting?" Hayes asked.
The captain then handcuffed Hayes, shackled his legs and charged him with "disorderly conduct" and "failure to comply."
Hayes did not try to physically enter the meeting with a camera, and his conduct was a verbal conversation.
A second KTVI employee made it into the meeting, without a camera, and said that city officials talked about getting rid of their police department, but ultimately decided to allow the cops to use unregistered and uninsured cars.
KTVI notes there were citizens inside the meeting with cameras.
Hayes said that the state law allows cameras in public meetings.