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Louisiana TV reporter arrested after trying to obtain city records

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Devin, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. Devin

    Devin Member

    WHITE CASTLE — WBRZ-TV reporter Chris Nakamoto was handcuffed and detained Wednesday and issued a misdemeanor summons after he was accused of harassing the town clerk and refusing to leave town hall when asked by local police.

    But the reporter’s boss defended his actions and said Nakamoto was just doing his job by trying to hold public officials accountable.

    The town’s clerk, Monica Hamilton, summoned White Castle police officers to Town Hall Wednesday morning, telling police Nakamoto was causing a disturbance, according to Town Attorney Valencia Vessel-Landry.

    The incident took place in the lobby after Hamilton refused to be interviewed by Nakamoto on camera for a story the reporter was working on concerning the mayor’s pay and recent public records requests he filed, Vessel-Landry said.

    “She told him she didn’t want to be on camera and she asked him to stop filming,” Vessel-Landry said. “He said ‘no’ so she ran to the back and he attempted to come into a restricted area to get to her. That’s when she called the police.”

    Nakamoto was removed and issued a summons for allegedly “remaining after being forbidden” after police arrived on the scene and he refused their requests to leave, Vessel-Landry said.

    Video: WBRZ reporter Chris Nakamoto detained, accused of refusing to leave White Castle town hall
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member


    Dude's having fun. He knows he just made his career.
  3. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Looks very calculated.
  4. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I'm all for the watchdog aspect of journalism and those that have the stomach and patience to dig deep for investigative pieces, but there's good ways and bad ways to do it. Harassing the clerk at the records desk in a small town is not going to get you anywhere. That's the person you want to schmooze.
    Plus, I guarantee you when the cops showed up he pulled out the "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM!? THE PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!" line. He has that look about him.
  5. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Memo to TV reporter: Nobody is obligated to go on camera with you.
  6. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    So he went to White Castle and he got thrown out?

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  7. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    OTOH he just put the records requests on a very hot front burner.
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Even if he gets the records and asks for no onions, they'll still smell like onions.
  9. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    He went to White Castle Wednesday morning. I know where he was Thursday morning.
  10. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    That's the difference between a good reporter who wants to stay in the city he or she works in and a good reporter who doesn't give a damn who he pissed off in the city he or she currently lives in.

    I've had uncomfortable investigative stories where people don't want to talk on camera. I'll ask twice and offer a warning that I include it in the story if they, as a public official, won't talk with us. Yet I'll never play the ambush card. It is not dignified. My rep is important -- even on a negative story, I won't go out of my way to humiliate a subject.

    Yet about half the TV newsrooms out there will eat this up. This reporter will be in Atlanta or Houston by Memorial Day.
  11. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    I like your position, but Mike Wallace is spinning in his grave.
  12. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Mike Wallace had the brand of 60 Minutes and CBS behind him. He could swoop in with his army of producers, make the big takedown and swoop away, never to return. No consequences.

    I'm a local schmoe who has to live in the city of the police department I investigate, to have my kids educated by the schools I dig into. If I'm seen as a guy who has an agenda when I report, my rep in town is garbage.
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