TV News Crew Arrested In Public Area Of City Hall

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police and city officials apologized
after slapping a television news crew in handcuffs for videotaping
inside City Hall.

WGCL reporter Renee Starzyk and photographer Jeff Thorn knew
city offices were closed Friday, but people can go to pay their
water bills and the pair wanted to catch up with customers who have
had billing problems.

They said the officer who let them through security told them to
stop videotaping as soon as they started. Starzyk says after she
and Thorn moved from the water department area and started taping
in the lobby, also a public area, they were arrested and detained
for at least an hour.

The mayor's chief of staff, Greg Pridgeon, later told a WCGL
news manager it was "a terrible misunderstanding."


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