KOB.com is reporting that charges were dismissed against Rick Foley, an Albequerque NBC news photographer who was arrested by APD Officer Daniel Guzman after exchanging words at a crime scene. We posted about this story in the beginning of June – viewing the tape of the incident, most would conclude that the officer’s behavior was egregiously aggressive and an inappropriate response.
The Albequerque Journal reported today that Judge Benjamin Chavez said the charge of failure to obey an officer wasn’t viable because the citation didn’t provide sufficient information detailing the crime that took place that night.
Officer Guzman is on paid leave and his disciplinary hearing is scheduled for next week. This incident has prompted Police Chief Ray Schultz to review the way his department handles the media at crime scenes.
Sometimes things are handled correctly, and this is good development for journalists’ rights.