‘This is not China’: Two Daily Caller reporters arrested and jailed while covering Louisville riots

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Louisville police arrested two Daily Caller reporters Wednesday night who were covering the riots that followed the Breonna Taylor-related indictment announcement, and they are still languishing in jail.

Shelby Talcott and Jorge Ventura, who reportedly identified themselves as members of the media when they were detained in a mass series of arrests of protesters and others, are still locked up, but are expected to be released sometime later this afternoon. The duo are charged with breaking curfew and unlawful assembly in connection with allegedly failing to disperse and move to a designated media observation area, both misdemeanors.

According to colleague David Hookstead, “The police aren’t dropping the charges, but they’ll be let out of jail after their unjust and garbage arrest for filming the riots.”

Although this story is unfolding rapidly in real time as updates emerge on Twitter, independent reporter Brendan Gutenschwager added that authorities will apparently release the duo on their own recognizance, eliminating the need to post bail or a bond.

Neil Patel, the Daily Caller co-founder (with his college roommate Tucker Carlson), is considering legal action against the police department, he wrote earlier today as part of a five-part Twitter thread below. “We have informed the police that these are reporters who were peacefully doing their job, but they are still refusing to release them,” he explained this morning on social media. “But this is not China. Those reporters flat out have a constitutionally protected role to play on our streets,” he added.


Talcott says that she is currently in a small jail holding pen with 28 other people with no social distancing evident.

In this video clip below, someone — presumably Talcott –informs an officer that “Sir, we’re press.”

Civil disturbances erupted in Louisville after Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that one officer was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing in the apartment of Taylor’s neighbor. The grand jury did not charge any of the officers on the scene with any crime directly connected to the fatal shooting of Taylor.

Two officers were shot during the night and are said to be in stable condition.


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