busted newspaper photojournalist Mike Baca, who’s been documenting police misconduct for the Washington Post, has been arrested for trespassing and obstructing an officer.
Baca was arrested Saturday after a confrontation with a woman he was trying to film for a story on Washington D.C.’s notorious Metropolitan Police Department.
Police say he was interfering with the arrest of an armed robbery suspect.
According to the Washington Metropolitan Police department, Baca was released on his own recognizance on Sunday.BACA has been a journalist for more than two decades, and he has been covering police brutality and misconduct for The Post since 2013.
He’s been on the frontlines of protests across the country, documenting police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere.
His work has been widely cited by media outlets like NPR, The Washington Times, The Guardian, and many others.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Baccar said the arrest was a “big step forward.”
He said he would appeal, saying that he has the right to film police, and that he didn’t intend to interfere with the officers arrest.