This post is from Tim @ (youtube) MilwaukeeCitizenPress
While cruising Waukesha on my moped at around 2am I saw some police activity and decided to stop and film. I was immediately approached by 5 cops and detained. My driver’s license was seized and I was held for about 10 minutes.
Due to the fact that there was a police truck blocking access to the parking lot I stopped my moped near the entrance of a parking lot and stood within 5 feet of it (my moped) in an effort to cover the breaking story. I sought a proper parking spot though I did not want to encroach on the police vehicle in the middle of the lot and all the businesses in the area were closed.
Due to my detention I was not able to cover the altercation which occurs at 1:30. A man is heard screaming loudly. I intend to follow up on the nature of this interaction.
I wish nothing more from WPD than to be allowed to exercise my (our) unalienable first amendment right to gather news, specifically on my government.
Previously, I was assured by Deputy Chief Dennis Angle that freedom of the press would be recognized in the city of Waukesha. Although he did make it a point to distinguish me (citizen journalist) from the “real press” in a recent email exchange so perhaps this sort of outlook on citizen journalism is coming from the top down.
I’ve also reached out to Terry Thieme, an alder-person in Waukesha, in an effort to resolve allegations of WPD harassing and/or arresting citizen journalists in this city to no avail as of yet.
Waukesha PD may be reached at 262-524-3831