The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Detroit reporter arrested for telling the truth

Dec 1, 2008

Diane Bukowski, a reporter for the Michigan Citizen in Detroit, was arrested while covering a fatal police chase.

The deaths occurred late on November 4 on Detroit’s northeast side, after Michigan state troopers chased a motorcyclist. Bukowski’s Citizen story quoted witnesses who saw the trooper hit the cyclist, who then plowed into a pedestrian. Both were killed.

Bukowski arrived two hours after the deaths occurred, showed her press ID, and was in the middle of taking photographs of the scene when she was arrested. A trooper swore at her, took her camera and erased her photos.

Bukowski was originally arrested on a misdemeanor of interfering with a police officer. But she has built a reputation for exposing police brutality. Several days later, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged her with five felonies of assaulting, resisting, and obstructing a police officer. These five felonies carry a total possible sentence of twenty years!

The State Police deny hitting the motorcyclist, and say Bukowski was arrested because she “crossed a line.”

Which line was that – exposing the truth of the cops’ reckless disregard for people’s lives?!

Bukowski says she’s establishing a legal defense fund. Anyone interested in helping can contact her at 313-205-6718.