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Videojournalist arrested at Halliburton Protest in Houston

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Uploaded on May 31, 2008

David Martinez was arrested while shooting this video and he managed to hand off the camera to me as he was being dragged by the neck by a cop on a horse.

First published to Houston Indymedia May 8th 2005:
http://houston.indymedia.org/news/200...

David Martinez, a videographer from San Fransisco, who was arrested and accused of felony assault of a police officer while video taping the Halliburton protest (while not doing anything even vaguely aggressive) made the following statement:

"It is heartening to hear that justice was served in our cases. Clearly all of the demonstrators were guilty, if that word may be used, of little more than doing what people have done for centuries whenever they have a grievance with those in power: they gathered on public land to try and be heard.

In my own instance, I watched as at least one corporate media cameraman was passed by by the police as they hurried to apprehend me for the crime of photographing the arrests transpiring on the sidewalk. I am glad that the Grand Jury recognized the First Amendment when they saw it and no-billed my case."

In May of 2005 more than 300 people from across Texas and the US came to Houston to show Halliburton that we do not like war profiteers in our town.

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