Police held Williams (NBC TV-5 photographer) and Ponce (WGN reporter) for about 10 minutes. The officer who handcuffed them is recorded on camera warning members of the media that their First Amendment rights could be terminated.
"Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you're creating a scene or whatever," the officer said.
When asked how they were creating a scene, the officer said, "Your presence is creating a scene."
Williams and Ponce were released without any charges.
Regardless of your personal distaste for media, this is absolutely wrong and should not be tolerated. If authorities get away with this, imagine what the precedent could do if you as a citizen exercising First Amendment rights were to stand on a public sidewalk outside of Town Hall or the State House with a sign because "Your presence is creating a scene."