Photo: NYPD knees, takes down credentialed photojournalist for multiple wire services and papers

This ought to be against the law. Americans talk a good talk about freedom and all, but when it comes to defending it at home, the Democrats are often missing in the action, or outright aiding and abetting the Republicans, who seem to care a lot about the flag and the Constitution as campaign props, but that’s about it.  It’s violation of the Constitution, not just some cop making the wrong choice.

Either we believe in freedom or we don’t.  It is amazing how politicians of both parties genuflect before the words flag and constitution, but are deathly afraid of doing anything to defend what those objects represent.

From Capital New York, which has the photo that you must click over and see:

Reached by phone, Kelly said that at the time, he was scurrying over to the site of an arrest when the beefier of two officers blindsided him with a knee to the ribs. The picture was taken in the moments immediately thereafter.

“What did you do that for? I’m press,” Kelly recalled saying.

“Sorry. I didn’t realize you were press,” he said the officer replied. As you can see in the picture, he was carrying two cameras and was wearing his credentials over his coat around his neck.

Kelly said he has encountered some general obstruction while on assignment since: “The thing that annoys me the most is, you say, ‘Hey look, I’m press!’ And it doesn’t seem to matter at all.”

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