Reporter Arrested While Covering Story
Police Search Uncovers Concealed Weapon, But Reporter Had Permit
POSTED: 9:55 am EDT October 24, 2007
MIAMI -- A Local 10 reporter was arrested at Miami Central Senior High School while he was on assignment covering a story about school violence.
On Tuesday, Miami-Dade Schools Police told WPLG-TV's Jeff Weinsier he was trespassing and that he needed to leave.
He was not inside the school or inside the fenced-in area that surrounds the school. School board police told him to leave and go across the street from the school, but Weinsier said he was on a public sidewalk.
Police said they were giving him a lawful order to get off the property and that he was within 500 feet of a school.
Weinsier on videotape tries to convince officers that he had the right to be on the sidewalk and pointed out that other people were on the sidewalk, but after repeated attempts, police handcuffed him.
When police searched Weinsier they found a loaded .38 revolver. He does have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Local 10 reported that Weinsier has received death threats as a result of Dirty Dining television reports that feature restaurants that fail health inspection reports.
Local 10 attorney Isaac Mitrani said that a concealed weapons permit allows a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, but not inside a school and that Weinsier never went into the school.
"If they are in a place that other people are -- public or anything -- and you focus only on a reporter and you tell them they need to leave, that would violate the constitution," said Mitrani.
Weinsier has been charged with resisting an officer without violence, trespassing and carrying a concealed weapon on school grounds. He bonded out of jail Tuesday.