“Democracy Now!” Host Amy Goodman Arrested at RNC
by Rachel Balik
While petitioning police to release two detained “Democracy Now!” producers, Goodman is arrested herself.
Two producers of “Democracy Now!”, a public TV and radio program, were covering demonstrations in the street outside the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 1, when they were detained by police. According to the show’s Web site, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar were arrested by police officers as “they carried out their journalistic duties.” Host Amy Goodman went to speak to officers about releasing her coworkers, and they also arrested her. In a YouTube video showing the incident, Goodman can be heard incredulously telling officers, “Do not arrest me!”
Although Goodman was released after three hours she was charged with a misdemeanor. She told the Washington Post that the behavior of the police was “extremely threatening.” Goodman noted that she had two forms of ID on her, including ID from “Democracy Now!” and a badge that entitled her entrance to the floor at the convention. The other two producers remain in police custody, and Goodman says that both have sustained slight injuries from their treatment. “Democracy Now!” is urging journalists to call the St. Paul mayor’s office and express their outrage.