Video: Detroit cops, Homeland Security prevent media from interviewing protesters

Demonstration outside of Detroit's federal courthouse.
Demonstration outside of Detroit’s federal courthouse.

The First Amendment seems like a privilege these days.

Most recently, Detroit police and Homeland Security officers tried to prevent the media from interviewing protesters outside of a federal courthouse last week.

Here is video I captured of officers trying to keep me and more than a dozen other members of the media away from a public sidewalk.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • dookie joe

    Either every other member of the media is a scared sheep, and Steve Neavling is the only shining example of a free press in Detroit…or else he simply thinks rules don’t apply to him. I vote for Door #2.

  • bebow

    Chief Craig seems to believe the DPD has a positive relationship with the community. That’s interesting.

  • Dexter

    This is very weird. I thought maybe it was because you were trying to cross mid-street, but then when you did get over there they came after you. What is the point?

    BTW, speaking of the chief, his Fox News cowboy routine is wearing thin. His ego is so big he’ll likely go the way of other recent DPD chiefs caught in some scandal or another.

  • Billy Blake

    I’m trying to think why the police wanted to keep the media away. But then I think back when I was walking a picket against the free press. The cops were always hassling us. One off duty cop knocked a man down to the ground and then started kicking him. It was caught on camera and t shirts were made showing the man down being kicked. Turns out the cop that did this had been drinking at a bar and was on his way home. Your just not as free in America as you might think you are