News anchors Frank Buckley and Jessica Holmes then pressed Villanueva on the details of Huang’s arrest. In response, Villanueva made numerous false or misleading statements, several of which he reiterated in an afternoon press conference. The sheriff’s comments come at a time when law enforcement agencies are under scrutiny, not just for the behavior of their personnel, but for the way they shape narratives, and in turn sway public opinion. Relying on video footage from the scene, witness accounts, and Huang’s account of the arrest (including her own video footage), we’re correcting and clarifying five incorrect or misleading statements Villanueva made about the arrest.
while documenting the arrest of a protester, Huang herself was arrested. Multiple videos show that she clearly identified herself as a reporter. She did so even as deputies tossed her against a car, and then to the ground — shouting “I’m a reporter!”
While on the ground, Huang then yelled out her affiliation with KPCC at least seven times, according to video from the scene.
At least one deputy clearly heard Huang’s statement, responding in the video: “Do what you’re told if you’re a reporter.”