A lawyer representing a Getty photographer arrested during NATO protests in Chicago this weekend says the police have been "incredibly restrained" compared to their New York counterparts, despite the arrest and the injuring of at least one other photographer.
Compared to the 26 reporters and photographers arrested at Zuccotti Park when police cleared out protesters there in November, Mickey Osterreicher, the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, told The Atlantic Wire on Monday that "I think given the scale of what’s been going on here, it could have certainly been a lot worse – especially given the previous reputation of the Chicago police department."
According to Reuters' Kyle Peterson and Nick Carey, police estimated the crowd at 3,000 on Sunday, when protesters marched 2.5 miles through the city to protest the NATO summit. Sometime on Sunday afternoon, Getty photographer Scott Olson got hit in the head with a police baton and had to go to the hospital, where Osterreicher said doctors patched him up with glue instead of stitches and "he was actually out working last night." Another Getty photographer, freelancer Joshua Lott, got arrested Sunday night on a charge of mob action, which is actually a felony in Illinois. "My understanding is he was taking pictures of some protesters being arrested when he was arrested himself." But Osterreicher said Lott was out on bail with the charge reduced to reckless conduct, a misdemeanor.