Chad Nelson, KSTP cameraman, filing criminal complaint [VIDEO]

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The unnamed officer who pushed KSTP's camera to the ground.
Chad Nelson, the photojournalist who was man-handled by a Minneapolis police officer while filming for KSTP Saturday night, has decided to file a criminal complaint.

That's according to his news director Lindsay Radford, who was in a meeting with him this morning. It's still not certain who the officer in question is. Radford says the station's attorneys are figuring that out now.

It shouldn't be long until the name is public -- new footage in color shows a close-up of the officer's face.

A protester who filmed the altercation with his own camera moments before getting arrested uploaded his recovered footage last night. It shows even clearer the moment the officer shoves Nelson, and the camera bounces off the pavement:

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Portableoven
Portableoven

RIGHTS?  GOOGLE "JAPANISE AMERICANS 1942"  THEN TELL ME ABOUT RIGHTS!!!!!

Brye
Brye

I don't see why the Minneapolis Police would be so quick to censor media coverage of Occupy MN. The Occupy movement are a bunch of losers anyway, so why not continue to let the world see then for who they are...

Bigcurtis
Bigcurtis

It's very hard for cops to do two things at once...like obeying the law while also enforcing the law.

Trevor
Trevor

Good on the camera man for filing charges--you know that anyone else would be held criminally liable under the same circumstances.

The ironic part of this is that the Occupy protesters--who have been decrying "corporate media"--have rallied around this guy like a brother in arms.  The occupy folks finally found something to be outraged about, after a lot of very benign treatment by the police, and shame on the one police officer for creating that opportunity.

thatguy
thatguy

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Herbert Davis
Herbert Davis

Brye:I recommend you stop down at one of their gatherings...they are a fair cross section of humanity. Thanks

Herbert Davis
Herbert Davis

Keep in mind that there might...MIGHT be 10% of the MPD that is unable to show restraint and act within the law....HOWEVER...I know for a fact that the vast majority are fine human beings, quite professional, and restrained. Leadership from the Mayor will someday prove that by changing the culture....or not...we can only hope that costly settlements will have an impact.The MPD is like the church...they are not all ......

webcelt
webcelt

If they hadn't previously had something to be outraged about, the protests never would have started. You may not realize it, but the outrage comes before the protest.

Phoenix
Phoenix

 The real irony is that KSTP, run by the right-wing Hubbard family, now has got a small taste of what the cops dish out to Occupiers all the time but which never makes the news.

Elanor
Elanor

Wait..I missed it...Congress passed a law saying it was okay to do this? That IS unconstitutional. I thought property damage was already illegal.

thatguy
thatguy

Knowledge of the law and the founding documents of this nation are the greatest threat to those who are in charge. 

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