::TV Reporter Arrested By Smithfield Police
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff And Wire Reports
Sunday, May 20, 2007
SMITHFIELD, NC - According to reports on the local ABC affiliate WTVD 11 TV station and the weekly television political talk show NCSpin, a freelance video reporter who works for the ABC 11 Eyewitness News was arrested while covering a wreck in Smithfield.
Carter Rabil was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting police which are misdemeanor charges, said the reports.
Smithfield is located in Johnston County, which is adjacent to Wake County and is located in the Triangle TV viewing area.
The NCSpin show commented in a recent e-mail newsletter that "Rabil says he was standing behind the police tape that blocked the scene and that the Smithfield police used excessive force, assaulted him, and were uncooperative with him trying to do his job."
According to NCSpin, "Rabil says this isn't the first time he has been threatened with arrest him at crime scenes over the years."
WTVD said in a May 8th story that police offered a different view and said that "Rabil was too close and refused repeated requests to move back."
According to WTVD's report, the SBI has been called in to investigate the incident at the request of the Johnston County District Attorney. NCSpin said in its report that a Smithfield Police internal investigation "found no wrongdoing" by officers.
Rabil's entire confrontation with police was filmed by his camera and a video of the incident appears on the WTVD 11 website in its entirety.