the reporter was charged with a class a misdemeanor: interfering with a police officer (ORS 162.247) and obtaining content of communication (ORS 165.540). they spent two hours in a holding cell described as "very unsanitary" with blood and snot on the walls. the officer who put them in the cell was friendlier than the arresting officer and actually brought a beverage.
the reporter was released this evening, but without their video camera and cell phone. their camera is being held for "evidence" but the cell phone was listed as "missing" on the property sheet. this sucks. their arraignment is coming up april 29, @ 1:00 p.m., in westside community court (justice center courtroom #1).
commentary from the transcriber: this is not the first time the police have targetted indymedia reporters, here in portland or elsewhere. it is some measure of indymedia's success that this negative attention is being given. people doing media work in the streets should use the "buddy system" and not be alone, and keep in mind that doing media does not exempt them from harrassment. memorize jail support numbers or write them on your arm. following directions from the police is certainly advisable, but does not guarantee not being arrested.
and remember -- there is a loving, supportful community here in portland that appreciates media work (as it does legal observing and medic service and jail support, etc.) and your efforts are appreciated!