Gothamist Ten months ago Police Commissioner Ray Kelly instructed his department to follow the law and respect the rights of journalists. One month ago, the third installment in a series of sternly worded letters was sent to the NYPD pleading for the department to stop obstructing members of the media from doing their jobs. Yet this weekend, five journalists were arrested covering Occupy Wall Street protesters, while others reported an atmosphere of harassment and intimidation from police officers, including a photographer on assignment for the Associated Press who was shoved and blocked from taking a photo by a Lieutenant in the NYPD’s Legal Bureau.
It’s worth noting that at least one senior NYPD official complied with Commissioner Kelly’s memo: Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne. “One of our members just emailed me and asked me to thank [Browne] for intervening on his behalf,