KPCC Reporter Josie Huang’s Account Of Her Arrest By LA County Sheriff’s Deputies – LAist

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KPCC/LAist correspondent Josie Huang being detained by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department on September 12, 2020. She was trying to report on deputies arresting a protester outside the hospital where two deputies were being treated after being shot. (ABC7 via Twitter user @TheChalkOutline)

KPCC/LAist reporter Josie Huang was arrested by L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies Saturday night while covering the shooting of two deputies in Compton.

Here is what happened, in her own words:

KPCC issued this official statement:

“We offer condolences to the two sheriff deputies who were shot Saturday evening.

“These are challenging and stressful times for everyone, but Josie Huang was arrested while doing her job. The charges should be dropped.

“Her arrest is the latest in a series of troubling interactions between our reporters and some local law enforcement officers. Journalists provide an essential service, providing fair, accurate and timely journalism and without them, our democracy is at risk.”

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who represents Lynwood, called for an investigation by County Inspector General Max Huntsman and added that “The Citizens Oversight Commission must convene a special meeting on this matter.” Huntsman later told KPCC’s Frank Stoltze that he is opening an investigation into Huang’s arrest.

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