On Thursday, an abusive arrest of a journalist was recorded in Alalbuquerque, New Mexico. The video is below. In the clip, APD Officer Daniel Guzman appears to pummel KOB-TV cameraman Rick Foley after telling him to move to a different location. Not only is Foley arrested without cause but $50,000 in camera equipment is reportedly ruined.
Foley is a 25-year veteran of the news business but that experience hardly prepared him for the likes of Officer Guzman. This video seems pretty damning for Guzman. The sudden attack seems to come from no where. It is clearly unnecessary and excessive under these circumstances.
Once again, the question is what would have happened if this were not caught on tape. Most such abusive arrests only have the suspects words against the officer and are routinely dismissed. The fact that this abuse would target a journalist covering a police scene only magnifies the problem. It also shows how little deterrent Guzman felt in turning violent –even with a cameraman filming.
For the video, click here.