May 30, 2011
A Michigan Appeals Court just upheld the conviction and sentence of journalist Diane Bukowski, someone who for years has reported on police brutality in Detroit. She was appealing her fine of $4,000 and sentence of probation.
She was originally arrested on Election Day in November 2008 while reporting for the Michigan Citizen.
Just prior to her arrest, she was investigating a crash scene. According to footage Bukowski’s lawyer was able to obtain and introduce at trial, state police cameras show a young man joy riding on his new motorcycle when a state police chase ensues – without sirens. The chase ends tragically with a crash killing the motorcyclist and a pedestrian.
Bukowski was convicted of obstructing police at the scene but footage introduced from a local Fox News crew showed Bukowski complying with all police instructions.
From this system’s standpoint, you are interfering with police by your very presence when you expose police wrongdoing. That’s why Bukowski was put on trial and why the appeals court joins in this legal lynching.