By Thom Hartmann (6/1/20)
Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!, was arrested during protests in St. Paul in 2008. Last week, a CNN journalist was arrested while live on-air. Do we live in a dictatorship which is worse than Russia or North Korea?
Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! joined Thom and shared her experience under arrest for several hours with her press credentials ripped from her neck. Trump has called the media the enemy of the people. Are we now seeing suppression of the media and the US turning in to a police state?
Settlement Reached Over Arrest Of Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! Producers At ’08 GOP Convention
Democracy Now! (10/3/11)
A final settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit challenging the police crackdown on journalists reporting on the 2008 Republican National Convention and protests in St. Paul, Minnesota. Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman, along with former producers Nicole Salazar and Sharif Abdel Kouddous, filed the lawsuit last year against the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments, the Ramsey County Sheriff and United States Secret Service personnel. The lawsuit challenged the policies and conduct of law enforcement during the 2008 RNC that resulted in their arrests. They were among dozens of journalists arrested that week in St. Paul. The settlement includes $100,000 in compensation paid by the St. Paul and Minneapolis police departments and the Secret Service. The settlement also includes an agreement by the St. Paul police department to implement a training program aimed at educating officers regarding the First Amendment rights of the press and public with respect to police operations, including proper procedures for dealing with the press covering demonstrations.