Denver police arrest 10 on last day of Democratic convention

Friday, August 29, 2008

DENVER — Authorities said 10 people were arrested yesterday, the last day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, bringing the total since last weekend to 152.

The 10 people arrested yesterday were held on charges ranging from interference and obstruction to marijuana possession, throwing stones and illegal dumping.

The convention ended last night after a four-day run. Authorities began tracking convention-related arrests on Aug. 23, the Saturday before the event began.

One notable arrest during the convention was that of ABC News producer Asa Eslocker. He was arrested on trespass and interference charges on Aug. 27 outside the Brown Palace Hotel was released on $500 bond later in the day.

Jeffrey Schneider, ABC News senior vice president, said Eslocker was working on a story on the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention and keeping track of who was coming and going from the luxury hotel.

The Joint Information Center, a multi-agency operation that handles media inquiries during the convention, says officers had repeatedly told Eslocker not to block the sidewalk and a hotel entrance.

Schneider said other reporters and journalists were on the sidewalk at the time, and he hoped the charges would be dropped when authorities saw the video of the arrest.

On its Web site yesterday, ABC News quoted from a statement by Eslocker's attorneys Daniel Recht and Steven Zansberg, which reads Eslocker “‘and his news crew were standing on public sidewalks covering an event of public significance and performing a press function protected by the First Amendment.’”

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