October 27, 2008

After a week of bloody shootings in the city of Newark, family members of the victims killed by gun violence marched in front of churches Sunday to ask the clergy for help.

The march ended, however, when a Newark police officer put a CBS 2 photographer in a choke hold, handcuffed him, and put him in the back of a police car.

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What started as a peaceful demonstration by parents whose children were murdered on the streets of Newark turned violent.

“Put your hands behind your back,” the officer said. “He’s going with me. Put your hands behind your back.”

When CBS 2 HD’s reporter on the scene, Christine Sloan, protested and said he couldn’t arrest the cameraman, the officer said, “I can do whatever I want.”

The camera kept rolling, as the officer put CBS 2 photographer Jim Quodomine in the choke hold and placed him under arrest.

Witnesses took pictures of the incident and told CBS 2 HD what they saw.

“He went to put the camera down,” witness Latrice Smith said. “Before he had the opportunity to [do so], the police officer came and knocked it down.

“[The officer] just started grabbing him, putting handcuffs on him, grabbed him by the neck,” Smith said. “It was out of control for no reason.”

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