Friday, January 19, 2007

Brendan Keefe Arrested While Covering A Story

The Daily News reports that Brendan Keefe was arrested on Wednesday for cursing at police officers telling him to move. It happened when he was covering a water-main break in East Elmhurst, Queens.

The News says that he was told over a loudspeaker, "Sir, get out of the street." Keefe walked a block over to the police van and said, "Why don't you get out of your warm, f-----g car instead of saying it over your microphone?"

He was charged with obstructing governmental administration at the 115th Precinct. He was issued a desk appearance ticket and released, according to the paper.

This is not Keefe's first run-in with the NYPD. In fact, he was threatened with the "obstructing governmental administration" charge in August when he didn't move upon officers' demands. He believed that it might have been a form of police intimidation for CBS 2's summer "Selective Enforcement" series of reports, for which Keefe received threats from people claiming to be officers. He spoke in October to the New York Press Club about press credentials and the NYPD.

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