- Date of Incident
- January 20, 2017
- Washington, District of Columbia
- Jack Keller (Story of America)
- Arrest Status
- Arrested and released
- Arresting Authority
- Metropolitan Police Department
- Jan. 21, 2017: Charges pending
- Jan. 30, 2017: Charges dropped
- Unnecessary use of force?
- Equipment Seized
- Status of Seized Equipment
- Returned in part
- Search Warrant Obtained
- Actor who seized equipment
- Law enforcement
Equipment Search or Seizure
Jack Keller, producer of the web documentary series Story of America, was arrested on Jan. 20, 2017, while covering protests on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration. Annabel Park, the co-director of the web series, confirmed that Keller was arrested and detained for 36 hours while covering the protest. He was returned his video camera after being released, but both the video and his cellphone remained in police custody.
He was charged with the highest level of offense under Washington D.C.’s law against rioting, which applies when there are injuries as a result of the activity or property damage in excess of $5,000, which can be punished by a maximum of 10 years in jail and fines of up to $25,000.
On Jan. 30, the charges against Keller were dropped.
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