CBS4 Cameraman Detained After Brawl at City Hall

Categories: Politicks
Not smiling this time: Commissioner Marc Sarnoff called for recess after a brawl in City Hall
A brawl between a CBS4 cameraman and police officers broke out today during a Miami City Commission meeting. Sources at the scene say that the cameraman -- a large man in a red shirt -- was hauled away in a cop car after getting into an argument with a police officer, possibly for filming in a restricted area.

Witnesses say the Commission had just voted to reject changes to the Civil Service Board when the cameraman and cop began arguing. Suddenly the cop tackled the man through a doorway, sending him sprawling outside of the chamber. When someone yelled for the police, 10-15 other officers ran over to help subdue the cameraman.

Sources identified the man as a CBS4 cameraman.

Immediately after the fight, a camera and tripod were left standing in a hallway near where the fight took place.

Chairman Marc Sarnoff looked confused during the scuffle, quickly calling for a brief recess.

Police outside City Hall did not know what exactly had happened, but sources inside the Commission meeting say the cameraman may have been filming in a restricted area.

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