Dover Post journalist detained while covering a protest
UPDATED 12:37 a.m.
DOVER, Del. – According to USA today a journalist from the Dover Post was detained Tuesday evening by Delaware State Police in the Camden area, despite telling troopers that he was with the press.
The journalist, Andre Lamar, was on Facebook Live when he was detained and the video ends with a trooper confiscating his press badge and camera bag.
Lamar went live on the Dover Post’s Facebook page around 9:30 Tuesday night saying he was released and was free to go.
Governor John Carney was quick to denounce what happened on Twitter writing that, ” Reporters have a fundamental right to cover the demonstrations we’re seeing in Delaware and across our country. They should not be arrested for doing their jobs. That’s not acceptable.”
According to an article from USA TODAY, Network President and USA TODAY Publisher Maribel Wadsworth called the arrests of journalists covering protests “unacceptable.”
At 12:37am Delaware State Police tweeted out that they “will continue to support our mission and the citizens of Delaware with their rights to peaceful protest. We ask for the public’s patience as we continue this investigative process as a result of an incident in Camden tonight with Dover PD.”