DURHAM, NC (July 17, 2103) – NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher has sent a letter to Detroit police chief James Craig expressing the organization's objections and concerns after the arrest of Detroit Free Press photojournalist Mandi Wright.
Wright was arrested Thursday after briefly filming the arrest of a suspect on a public street. The newspaper reports Wright didn't know that a man who was approaching her at the scene was a police officer because he wasn't in uniform and he didn't identify himself.
Osterreicher says the police have violated Wright's First Amendment rights when they told her to stop filming on a public street and then took her iPhone. NPPA is also concerned over the fact that the iPhone's SIM card went missing after police took Wright's camera.
The newspaper has a full account of Wright's arrest online here.