El Paso Police Sergeant Flips Out, Arrests Two Member News Crew

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Normally news crews stopping at the scene of an accident is no big deal especially when someone has gone above and beyond to help remove the driver from the wrecked vehicle, in this case it was a couple of military personnel.

A KVIA two man news team came across a semi truck roll over wreck and decided to check it out, after all that’s part of their job. Things seem to have gone downhill quickly after that.

It’s one thing to tell the average motorist to keep moving along but I don’t see any reason to take the approach police Sgt. Raul Ramirez did with these reporters especially with slamming them into the center divider fence after being handcuffed. Can you imagine what would have happened if the reporters were Hispanic and a white cop treated them in the same fashion? That said Ramirez has been put on administrative leave until the heat dies down.

One thing that may have escaped the thoughts of this officer as he was flipping out is the fact that the media can either be with you or against you and if it’s against your department it can certainly become an uphill battle when it comes to public perception on how law enforcement is doing their job in the community. This video sure doesn’t help.

EL PASO, Texas — An ABC-7 crew covering a crash on I-10 on Monday unwillingly became part of the story.

Motorists stuck in traffic witnessed veteran journalist Darren Hunt and photojournalist Ric Dupont being handcuffed and detained.

Just after 1:30 p.m., the two arrived to report on a flipped semi-truck on I-10 West near the Sunland Park exit. They parked on the left shoulder of the eastbound lanes of I-10 as witnesses ran toward victims to offer help.

A pregnant woman sat on the side of the freeway, sobbing, and, according to a witness, several men in military fatigues helped pull the driver of the semi-truck out of the cab.

As emergency crews tended to the driver, police Sgt. Raul Ramirez told the ABC-7 crew from across the barrier to leave. Several people and half a dozen cars were also stopped on the eastbound shoulder.

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