First, the event:
We’ve been following the career of teleSUR English journalist Abby Martin ever since she hosted her own show of Berkeley Community Television, the city’s public access channel.
She moved on to RT America, hosting Breaking the Set, a weekly half-hour show we often included in esnl posts, then moved on to teleSUR where she hosts The Empire Files, also featured frequently here at esnl.
And now she’s been initiated into a rite of passage that sometimes comes to reporters out to cover a story: Folks with badges denying you access and threatening arrest.
What hapopened next, from teleSUR English:
Abby Martin, host of “Empire Files,” was released by police on Monday after a violent arrest while covering DNC protests for teleSUR, but says that many more wait to be processed after “mass marches, mass protests and mass arrests and detentions,” despite police reports that no arrests have been made at the DNC.
Martin was on her way to a “Democracy Spring” event where there were reports of civil disobedience and arrests being made. The police had closed off all streets surrounding the action.
The police stopped them and told them to leave the area. As they were complying and leaving the area, another police officer grabbed Martin, twisted her arm, tore her dress and arrested her for “disorderly conduct.” Three cops “aggressively manhandled me,” she said, before throwing her in a police van and driving her to an elementary school to be processed alongside many protesters that had participated in the Democracy Spring action and others.
“I was just trying to accept my fate and how unreal what was happening was,” said Martin. “I just kept thinking about what people go through” in aggressive arrests every day in the U.S.
“It’s just really stunning to go through that experience and to know that this is what police do to people every day in this country.”
Democracy Now! has more on the event she was covering:
Outside the convention center, protests continued for a second day. At least 50 people were briefly taken into custody by police during a mass sit-in outside the convention center Monday. The demonstration dubbed “Democracy Spring” was protesting against the big influence of corporate money in politics. At least one journalist was arrested attempting to cover the protest. Police arrested TeleSUR journalist Abby Martin as she tried to access the blocked-off area.
Finally, another Mike Prysner Tweet with Martin after her release: