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LA County prosecutor won't pursue charges against reporter covering anti-police demonstration

Added 09-26-20 12:57:01pm EST - “The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Thursday that it will not pursue criminal charges against a reporter who was arrested during a protest earlier this month, citing "insufficient evidence" from the sheriff's departme” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “LA County prosecutor won't pursue charges against reporter covering anti-police demonstration”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday that it will not pursue criminal charges against a reporter who was arrested during a protest earlier this month, citing “insufficient evidence” from the sheriff’s department.

Josie Huang, a  journalist for NPR affiliate KPCC and the LAist, was covering an anti-police protest on Sept. 12 in Lynwood, Calif. While filming the arrest of a demonstrator, she was thrown to the ground by deputies. Her arrest was captured by fellow reporters and went viral.

“So very grateful for all the support bestowed on me as a reporter,” Huang wrote on Thursday following the DA’s announcement. “Also...the 1st Amendment means all of us, not just journalists at recognized news orgs, have the rights of free speech and assembly.”

So very grateful for all the support bestowed on me as a reporter. Also...the 1st Amendment means all of us, not just journalists at recognized news orgs, have the rights of free speech and assembly. https://t.co/H8qErOLk55

In an additional statement, Huang said she was “gratified” by the decision and will be seeking a finding of “factual innocence” to wipe the “unlawful” arrest from her record.

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