2 TV reporters put in handcuffs asking for public records

January 29, 2019 - 2:58 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two reporters from a television station say they were put in handcuffs while trying to get public records from a public housing project where two men died in gas leaks.

WLTX-TV said the reporters were told they were trespassing Tuesday as they knocked on the door of a building at Allen Benedict Court apartments where the Columbia Housing Authority has released records before.

The station says reporters Jenna Kurzyna and Susan Ardis were not arrested or booked, but were kept in handcuffs for several minutes by security guards who say they were trespassing.

Housing Authority attorney Bob Coble says the reporters should never have been detained. He apologized to the station and said there will be a meeting with security to tell them what they did wrong.

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Information from: WLTX-TV, http://www.wltx.com

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