ABC News staffer pushed into traffic, jailed by police
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ABC News staffer jailed in Denver amid convention
By DAN ELLIOTT – 16 hours ago
[excerpt] DENVER (AP) — An ABC News producer covering the Democratic convention was pushed into traffic by a sheriff's deputy on Wednesday and then arrested, the network said.
Asa Eslocker was arrested on charges of interference, trespass and failure to obey a lawful order.
Authorities said Eslocker repeatedly had been told to stop blocking a sidewalk and an entrance to Denver's Brown Palace Hotel. He wasn't arrested until three hours after the first warning, police said.
ABC said Eslocker and a film crew were trying to photograph senators and donors for a story on the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention. The network said video of the incident shows a deputy telling Eslocker that the sidewalk is owned by the hotel, then pushing him into traffic.
"We expect to see that kind of thing in Myanmar, not on the streets of Denver," ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said in a written statement.
[The reporter] is being charged with trespass, interference, and failure to follow a lawful order.
[A] man, wearing the uniform of a Boulder County sheriff ... is seen telling Eslocker the sidewalk is owned by the hotel. Later, he is seen pushing Eslocker off the sidewalk into oncoming traffic...
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