Settlement reached in arrests of RNC journalists

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Oct 4, 2011 at 8:35 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An attorney says journalist Amy Goodman, host of the syndicated program "Democracy Now!'' and two of her producers will receive $100,000 in a settlement over their arrests during the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Their attorney, Anjana Samant, says St. Paul and Minneapolis have also agreed to develop a policy and training protocol for police officers on how to avoid infringing on the rights of journalists who cover large-scale protests.

The settlement was reached Friday with the aid of U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan in St. Paul. Samant says the two cities agreed to pay a combined $90,000 while the federal government agreed to pay $10,000.

Spokesmen for the cities and police departments had no immediate comment on the settlement.

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