2 journalists arrested by Hamilton police while reporting news
Amara McLaughlin, CTV News Toronto
Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017 11:23PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, May 17, 2017 2:55PM EDT
Two journalists responding to a pedestrian collision in Waterdown, Ont. on Tuesday evening were detained by Hamilton police.
Global News cameraman Jeremy Cohn and freelance photographer David Ritchie were tackled by officers and forcibly removed from the scene, video evidence revealed.
“We are deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a Global News journalists and another photographer in Hamilton today,” Shaw Media’s senior vice-president of news Troy Reeb said in a Tweet.
While Cohn wasn’t hurt in the incident and isn’t facing any charges, Reeb said he will be following up with Hamilton police.
“The incident merits further investigation,” a Tweet read.
Ritchie is charged with resisting and obstructing police. He has since been released from custody.
When asked about the reason for the pair’s arrest at the scene, Hamilton police Insp. Greg Huss declined to comment.
He said, “I’m not going to comment on that because the investigation into that matter is also continuing.”