LAPD Pays $60,000 In Settlement

By: Mark Fitzgerald

The Los Angeles Police Department last week paid $60,000 and agreed to change the way it deals with reporters and camera operators covering demonstrations as it settled a lawsuit brought by seven journalists who said police attacked them outside the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

At demonstrations, police will be required to “set up an observation area for the media to gather that permits a good view of and carries audible sound from the demonstration area,” said Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, the firm that represented the journalists.

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