Charges dropped against Hamilton-area journalist after police confrontation

Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 05:20:52 AM. Charges have been dropped against a local journalist who was arrested at the scene of a tense Waterdown crash in May. But a journalism advocacy group says it's still filing a police commission complaint.
Charges have been dropped against a local freelance journalist who was arrested at the scene of a tense Waterdown crash in May after a negotiated settlement with Crown prosecutors. But a journalism advocacy group says it's still filing a police commission complaint over how police treated the journalist at the accident scene. 'He underwent a lot of legal fees and stress dealing with this in the first place, and it's unacceptable.' - Duncan Pike, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Dave Ritchie, a Burlington freelance videographer, won't face trial on charges of resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer. The Crown dropped those charges in court on Tuesday. Instead, Ritchie reached an agreement with the Crown to do 12.5 hours of community services and donate $250. He also has to keep the peace for a year. Ritchie accepted responsibility for his part in the incident, lawyer Nadir Sachak says. But he had no criminal intent, did not enter a plea, and the Crown didn't pursue the charges. Journalist arrest caught on tape1:23 "He was not found guilty," Sachak said. "He was not convicted, nor did he receive a record for that alleged offence." In a release about the outcome, Hamilton police, however, state Ritchie "caused a breach of peace" when he refused an officer's request to leave the scene and asked for his camera — which the officer had put in his cruiser — to be returned. 'I did nothing wrong:' Journalist arrested in Waterdown hopes for court reprieve It's a...Read more
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