Photog Released on Bail After Rough Arrest at Occupy L.A.

A man arrested while photographing the police raid to shut down the Occupy L.A. encampment last Wednesday was finally released on $10,000 bail late Friday, according to press reports. Tyson Heder was charged with assault and battery on a police office and resisting arrest.

Heder, who has worked in Hollywood as a film editor and shoots concert videos for rock bands, was among a number of freelancers at the scene of the Occupy raid working without press credentials. The Los Angeles police issued a limited number of credentials, and warned those without credentials they would be subject to arrest.

This video released by CBS shows Heder angrily confronting police officers after one of them pushed him backwards down a set of stairs. “What’s your name?” he demanded several times of the officer who pushed him, before at least two officers tackled him. Several others piled on, and it took them more than two minutes to handcuff him and haul him away.

It isn’t clear from the footage what is happening in the middle of the scrum during Heder’s arrest. At one point, Heder can be heard saying, “You are beating me.” A police officer at the scene says, “Stop resisting the officers.” Heder can also be heard saying “I’m not doing anything” several times.

After his release on bail, Heder uploaded a self-portrait on Facebook showing a black eye. He said “I look like hell and my body hurts pretty much from head to toe.”

Heder thanked his family and friends for bailing him out, and said, “I look forward to proving the charges against me to be completely and thoroughly fraudulent.”

(Watch the video, and tell us what you think of the actions of both Heder and the police officers.)

6 Responses to “Photog Released on Bail After Rough Arrest at Occupy L.A.”

  1. $$$$$ Poor citys are going to be poorer Says:

    This is going to cost the city a bundle.

    I hope the city’s have good civil litigators because this type of video is a defendants DREAM.

    To all the rightwingers out there, you better get in your shots now before all the lawsuits go to trial.

    Winning!!

  2. Mark Says:

    Although we don’t know what happen between the officers and this individual before the video starts it is clear that these types of videos show that police just get too carried away in the moment. Police need to remember…”sticks and stones….” The guy is yelling, but who really cares. There was physical contact, but we don’t know why from looking at the video clip. He probably should have shut up and moved away from them. Although did the police have a real reason for assaulting him in the first place? Is this really what the police should be doing? Police get swept up in the fury of the whole dramatic event and act inappropriate just like some of the protestors. Police get verbally abused by the public much of the time. Sorry, but that’s part of what goes with the job. It’s not right, but it is not cause to abuse authority and physically assault people.

  3. brt Says:

    So it’s an arrestable offence to ask for an officer’s name/badge number? This country is going to the Gulag dogs.

  4. A.M. Says:

    The fact that people documenting the protests have been arrested in unprecedented numbers because they don’t have “press credentials” is a clear attack on our freedom of speech and freedom of information. This is not just about photographers, professional or amateurs: it’s about everybody’s freedom to be safe from harm and arrest and everybody’s right to participate and voice their opinions in a public space.

  5. Andrew Says:

    Democracy American style! I love it.

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