Journalist sues city over arrest at G-20 Summit
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A journalist who covered the G-20 Summit for the website Infowars.com and for The Alex Jones Show has sued the city of Pittsburgh over his treatment at the hands of police two years ago.
Robert Dew, of Austin, Texas, was leading a three-man crew for Free Speech Systems LLC, which runs InfoWars.com and The Alex Jones Show, a syndicated radio news talk show, according to the complaint filed Saturday by Montana attorney Elmer Stewart Rhodes III.
Though he was not protesting the gathering of world leaders, and complied with police orders, he "was detained, arrested, and imprisoned by uniformed City of Pittsburgh police officers, or other police officers acting under the authority of the City of Pittsburgh, who assaulted him, wrongfully detained and arrested him, put him in fear of serious bodily harm, and held him against his will in false imprisonment under harsh conditions overnight for approximately twelve hours," the complaint said.
"During his false imprisonment, Mr. Dew was forced to sit outdoors in cold and rainy weather, despite wearing only a tee-shirt and shorts," it continued. "The false charges against Mr. Dew, of failure to disperse and disorderly conduct, were later withdrawn."
The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court.
City Solicitor Dan Regan was not immediately available for comment. The city faces four other civil lawsuits in federal court stemming from the September 2009 summit.
First Published September 26, 2011 9:37 am