Town apologizes for arresting News & Observer reporter

Katelyn Ferral

Katelyn Ferral of the Raleigh-based News & Observer was covering an Occupy-related SWAT team incident when police ordered her to the ground. She identified herself as a reporter and showed ID, but Chapel Hill police still cuffed her and kept her face-down on the ground for 15 minutes. N&O editor John Drescher writes:

There was no reason to detain Ferral, other than police didn’t know what to do with her. In this country, that’s not a good enough reason to force a citizen to lie face down and be cuffed.

A majority of the council recognized that. We accept their apology and will work with Chapel Hill to help police and journalists do their jobs.

* Town apologizes to newspaper for arresting reporter
* News & Observer accepts Chapel Hill’s apology
* Nov. 13: Police arrest Chapel Hill protesters and N&O reporter
* Watch Ferral’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” appearance