BREAKING: Journal Sentinel’s Wentz-Graff arrested

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photojournalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff was among three people arrested by the Milwaukee Police Department today as she covered a rally connected with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Wentz-Graff was photographing the arrest of a protester who was participating in a march near the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Shortly after that initial arrest, police grabbed and arrested Wentz-Graff. Police then arrested a third person. Read the JSonline article here.

Video of the arrest is viewable here. The video shows Wentz-Graff photographing the arrest of a protester. Soon after, she is led away by an officer and handcuffed next to a police vehicle. One of her cameras drops off the hood.

Martin Kaiser, editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, issued the following statement, Wednesday afternoon:

“At no time time did Kristyna Wentz-Graff ignore any commands by any police officer.  She came upon the scene to do her job as a photojournalist. She was clearly not part of the protest.  She was wearing her Journal Sentinel photo press credential.  She was carrying photography equipment while taking photographs of police making arrests when she was grabbed by a police officer and handcuffed. Her arrest was completely uncalled for and violates the First Amendment. No reason for her arrest has been provided.”

Read WNPA’s public statement here.

Last updated Nov. 2, 2011, 5:48 p.m.

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