From The Blade
Military police detained a Blade reporter and a photographer Friday outside the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center and confiscated the photographer’s cameras.
Blade reporter Tyrel Linkhorn and photographer Jetta Fraser said they went to the driveway entrance of the tank plant operated by General Dynamics’ Land Systems on Friday afternoon.
They stayed outside the plant’s gate and did not pass an unmanned guard shack. The pair were leaving when they were stopped by military police. They were detained for at least an hour, Mr. Linkhorn said.
After protest by The Blade, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s office made a call to General Dynamics. Keith Deters, manager of the plant, said Friday evening he was able to persuade the military police to release the cameras after they reviewed the photographs.
Despite getting the equipment back, John Robinson Block, The Blade’s publisher and editor-in-chief, called the incident disturbing.
“I’m personally shocked by this incident,” Mr. Block said. “I believe our people were totally in the right.”
Both Mr. Linkhorn and Ms. Fraser were wearing Blade and news media credentials. They were detained, and Ms. Fraser said she was placed in handcuffs and escorted out of their vehicle when she initially refused to provide military police her driver’s license, saying that she was not the person driving the vehicle.
The military police called Blade editors to confirm that Ms. Fraser and Mr. Linkhorn were Blade employees.
They seized Ms. Fraser’s cameras, telling her that photography of any part of the plant was not permitted.