LAS VEGAS NV April 17 2017 A journalist was arrested at a Tax Day protest at President Donald Trump's signature Las Vegas hotel.
Lt. Grant Rogers of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says Saturday that a KLAS broadcast photojournalist was arrested and cited for trespassing and obstructing.
Rogers says the afternoon protest at the Trump International Hotel near the Strip was attended by about 250 people. It was largely peaceful with no injuries reported.
KLAS Vice President and General Manager Lisa Howfield says she's not sure why Nebyou Solomon was arrested, as he was covering the protest for the CBS affiliate at the time.
Rogers said that security had asked him to leave the area because it was private property. When it was verified that the property was Trump Tower owned, Solomon was again asked to leave. He refused and was cited.
Rogers said Solomon was offered the chance to sign the citation to avoid the booking process, but he refused.
Event organizer Laura Martin says at least three others were detained but released.
Solomon faces misdemeanor charges of trespass not amounting to burglary and obstructing a public officer, according to a LVMPD news release.
Court records show Solomon will have a 48-hour hearing on Monday at the Regional Justice Center.
Las Vegas is among 150 cities where protests, rallies and marches are being held to call on the president to release his tax returns.
The LVMPD released this statement Saturday night:
The LVMPD is committed to transparency and creating and maintaining public trust. We work with our local media partners, including KLAS TV on a routine basis. Today, during what was otherwise a peaceful protest in front of the Trump International Hotel, Mr. Nebyou Solomon was arrested.
While Mr. Solomon was working in an official capacity as a member of the media, he was recording the event from what was determined to be private property which belongs to the Fashion Show Mall. Fashion Show Mall security officers requested that he not film from their property and when he refused, notified LVMPD officers who were already present at the event. Upon contact by officers, Mr. Solomon was uncooperative and refused to provide his personal identifying information, in violation of NRS 171.123. Mr. Solomon was told he would be issued a misdemeanor citation for Trespass to which he replied that he would not sign – a violation of NRS 171.177. Because of his refusal, Mr. Solomon was arrested and transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he was booked accordingly."
KLAS released this statement late Saturday:
"Today, one of our employees, an experienced and respected photojournalist, Neb Solomon, was arrested by Metro police officers, charged with trespassing and obstruction. Neb was doing his job, carrying out an assignment given to him by his news managers, covering a news event of considerable interest to the community. We support Neb and the rights of all journalists to report from the scene of newsworthy events. While some details surrounding this arrest are still being gathered, we are fully prepared to take the appropriate steps based on the facts and governing laws."