NewsNation correspondent Evan Lambert’s controversial arrest was caught on camera Wednesday.
Lambert was in East Palestine, Ohio to cover the derailment of a train that prompted concerns about possible chemical contamination. He reportedly began broadcasting live in the gymnasium where Governor Mike DeWine was speaking, before being approached by officers and asked to cut the feed. Lambert quickly ended the live feed but was still asked to leave the event.
He refused, and that’s when it all went down:
After the police were finally able to cuff Lambert, he received charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing and was released.
Preston Swigart, a photographer who was with Lambert, believes that the volume of the reporting may have clashed with the governor’s statement.
“Gymnasiums are echoey and loud and sound kind of carries, so I’m guessing that they just didn’t like the fact that there was sound competing with the governor speaking, even though it was all the way on the other side of the room,” he suggested.
DeWine’s office made it clear that they did not order or authorize the arrest.
“Governor DeWine did not request that the reporter stop his live broadcast, nor did he know that the request was being made,” his office explained. “Because the governor did not witness what occurred after the broadcast ended, we cannot provide comment on what led to the reporter’s arrest.”
However, when asked about what had occurred at his presser, the governor did agree that Lambert had every “right” to be reporting, and that law enforcement should have allowed it.
“It has always been my practice that if I’m doing a press conference, someone wants to report out there and they want to be talking back to the people back on channel, whatever, they have every right to do that,” he said. “If someone was stopped from doing that, or told they could not do that, that was wrong. It was nothing that I authorized.”
Upon making his way back to the streets, the reporter joined his colleague NewsNation’s Ashleigh Banfield live to discuss the incident.
“No journalist expects to be arrested when you’re doing your job, and I think that’s really important that that doesn’t happen in our country,” he expressed.
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