Chicago journalists arrested outside hospital

March 18, 2012 10:36:47 AM PDT
While covering a story about the shooting death of a young Little Village girl, two Chicago journalists were taken into police custody.

The incident began after a Chicago police officer barred the news media from the public sidewalk in front of Mt. Sinai Hospital. Other officers also arrived. Then, police detained a reporter from WGN and a photographer from NBC5.

"Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you're creating a scene or whatever," a police officer was heard telling the journalists.

Both journalists were released a few minutes later. No charges were filed.

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