MPD officer threatened to arrest YouTube journalist filming Laura Ingraham interview
Laura Ingraham of Fox News interviews two Minneapolis police officers about the aftermath of George Floyd’s police murder more than two years ago. Fox News screenshot.
When Fox News host Laura Ingraham went to Minneapolis last year to film a provocative segment in front of the former Third Precinct police station — which she called a “monument to anarchy” — another camera was rolling in the background.
Capital Transparency is a YouTube channel that purports to hold government accountable. But when the anonymous YouTube citizen journalist tried to film Ingraham interviewing two Minneapolis police officers on a sidewalk in front of the burned-out police station, private security guards and two police officers tried to stop him, with one threatening to arrest him or put up police tape to keep him away.
Naturally, the whole incident was caught on camera, and the video has gone viral.
At one point, Minneapolis Sgt. Andrew Schroeder said he was going to put up police tape to stop the man from filming the Ingraham interview.
Ingraham was interviewing Lt. Jeff Waite and Schroeder near the former police station, which was destroyed in the riots after George Floyd’s police murder in May 2020. But when Ingraham noticed the man filming, she stopped the interview and walked away.
As the security guards and officers tried to get the man to leave, he told them he was standing on a public sidewalk, and they had no right to make him leave.
He noted the irony of a TV news crew trying to make a videographer get off public property.
“Why are you guys trying to gang up on me?” he asked. “Of all people, you guys should know about filming in public.”
The Fox News crew moved to an alley, and tried to physically prevent the videographer from filming there, too, saying it was city property. Two men who appeared to be security guards tried to stop the videographer from getting near the interview, one saying he was “being a (expletive).”
Later, Schroeder said the man could film from a distance, but he wasn’t allowed to enter a parking lot where they’d moved because they were doing “police business.”
“Film me all you want, but if you come in here, cross that line, I’m gonna take you to jail,” Schroeder said.
“For recording in public?” the videographer said.
“Try me,” Schroeder said.
In the resulting Fox segment, Waite complained about how after Floyd’s police killing, onlookers often descended on scenes, recording everything.
“You constantly have people questioning how we do things and telling us that we’re not doing things right, and it’s just nonstop,” Waite told Ingraham.
Ingraham’s interview raised questions about why a broadcaster with a history of inflammatory right-wing opinions and a sour view of Minneapolis was allowed access to officers. Particularly when many local reporters were being rebuffed. As expected, she used the interviews to paint a grim picture of the city and its leadership. At one point in the segment, the chyron on the bottom of the screen read, “Two years after Floyd riots, radical leadership leaves Minneapolis in shambles.”
A spokesperson for Mayor Jacob Frey later said the mayor was not aware of the interview beforehand.
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