Baton Rouge Reporter Cuffed and Cited While Investigating Mayor

By Kevin Eck 

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WBRZ reporter Chris Nakamoto ended up in handcuffs and was given a summons while he was checking up on a records request for his investigation into a local mayor’s salary.

The Baton Rouge, La., ABC affiliate said Nakamoto was asked to leave White Castle City Hall by a police officer after he brought his photographer inside to “document the lack of transparency.” When the officer asked the two to leave, they refused saying they had a right to be there. At that point the cop said, “I did ask you nicely” and arrested the reporter for refusing to leave.

“WBRZ stands by Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto,” director of news Lee Polowczuk, said in a statement. “That’s first and foremost. The public expects this news organization to ask tough questions and hold the powerful accountable. Our reporters are not going to be intimidated by public officials when we are getting you answers. Station management is looking into all legal remedies regarding this incident.”

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