Images from the body camera that capture the moment the police handcuffed a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist who handles his work.
Susan Greene, editor of The Colorado Independent, was driving down Colfax Avenue, in downtown Denver, when she saw police tending to a handcuffed, almost naked man on the sidewalk.
He stopped and tried to start photographing the scene when the police pulled away from her, telling her that if she did not stop, she would be arrested.
Greene, who was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and is now the editor of the Colorado Independent, was immediately handcuffed and taken to a patrol car, but it can be heard clearly in the images saying that the agents caused her pain and questions about what motives she was being arrested
The officers could be heard telling her to "act like a lady".
However, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann says there was not enough evidence to present and prove criminal charges against the officers involved.
Denver police approached Susan Greene, editor of The Colorado Independent, an online news site, while she was taking pictures of them standing near a naked man on a Denver sidewalk
Greene says the police told her to stop taking pictures and, when she refused, handcuffed her
Colorado law protects the right of the public to photograph the actions of police officers
The officer claimed that photographing the man violated his right to medical privacy
The video shows that agent James Brooks then used his body and hands to block his taking of photographs, but she told him that his right to do so was protected by the First Amendment.
She was handcuffed after she tried to photograph her plaque.
The officers told her to stand up and "act like a lady" and stop resisting and relaxing when she said they were hurting her. She was released after approximately 10 minutes after the officer consulted with someone on his cell phone.
After refusing to stop taking pictures, Greene was handcuffed
Greene's fight with the police was caught in the camera of the police force while they were driving her to a patrol car
The Denver police officer who handcuffed Greene and placed her in his patrol car for taking pictures of a police stop will not face charges.
Greene said a police officer ignored her claims that she had the First Amendment right to take pictures on a public sidewalk. Colorado law protects the right of the public to record the actions of peace officers.
Greene said a police sergeant later assured him that he would investigate the incident and make sure the evidence was kept for review.
He also filed formal requests under the Colorado Open Records Act for records about the incident and about what happened to the unidentified man on the sidewalk, he said.
"It turned out that Officer Brooks did not like being photographed," Green wrote at the time. "After accusing me of blocking the door of an ambulance that had been called to the scene, towards which he had punctured me during our meeting, and saying something about me obstructing the officers, he grabbed me and twisted my arm so that the Weapons are not. " It is supposed to move.
"I was not resisting," he added. – Not even close.
I've been wondering since then what would have happened if I was not white or not a journalist, or if I had not mentioned those annoying ones? public sidewalks & # 39; and the details of the First Amendment, or if this had not diminished in general. daylight, just across the street from the state Capitol, and in view of body cameras, halo cameras and onlookers, "he wrote in a July column.
Colorado prosecutors will not press charges against a police officer who handcuffed Greene
Greene wrote in a column for her newspaper that she was glad that the incident happened in broad daylight
The Denver Police Department has opened an internal investigation but has not yet commented
She was held in the back of a patrol car for 12 minutes before being released
The Denver police department said last month that it launched an internal investigation into Greene's arrest.
A police statement issued last month said officers had called an ambulance while attending to a person in crisis & # 39; Near the state capitol building when a viewer began taking photographs of the incident.
"The officers confronted the passer-by and detained her until the person was transported to the hospital," according to the statement issued by Jay Casillas, a department spokesman.
Amber Miller, a spokeswoman for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, said the city takes seriously the importance of the First Amendment, and Denver is not about arresting journalists who are doing their job. That said, it will be important not to prejudge the situation until the internal investigation that is in progress is completed. "
Greene worked in newspapers in California and Nevada before joining The Denver Post as a reporter and columnist.
She and a colleague of Post were finalists of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for research reports on the destruction of DNA evidence in criminal cases. He joined The Independent in 2013.