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Black reporter for the Wall Street Journal gets arrested by the Phoenix Police Department for interviewing Chase bank customers about their savings accounts, outside of the Phoenix location [VIDEO]
Black reporter arrested by Phoenix PD for interviewing people

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Black reporter for the Wall Street Journal gets arrested by the Phoenix Police Department for interviewing Chase bank customers about their savings accounts, outside of the Phoenix location [VIDEO]

Black reporter arrested by Phoenix PD for interviewing people

When The Wall Street Journal sent their reporter, Dion Rabouin, out to do interviews in Phoenix, they got a much bigger story. Rabouin became the latest Black person to deal with police harassment. As a result, the Wall Street Journal is now demanding an investigation into what led to their reporter being handcuffed. In addition, the Journal is accusing the Phoenix Police Department of violating their First Amendment rights.

Dion Rabouin was actually arrested back in November 2022. However, the situation was kept out of the public eye until earlier this year. Since the situation was released to the public, Dion Rabouin has sparked a lot of debates about the safety of the members of the press. Meanwhile, Phoenix’s local ABC affiliate, ABC15, has been at the forefront of this story. According to Rabouin, the entire ordeal could have easily been avoided.

The Wall Street Journal sent Dion Rabouin to a Phoenix Chase Bank location in order to interview customers of the bank. Their goal was to interview customers, by the sidewalk, about their checking accounts. Instead, representatives from the bank approached him, which led to him being detained by the police. Rabouin identified himself as a reporter, but he was still handcuffed. The woman who recorded him was threatened by police with an arrest. In the end, Rabouin was released after fifteen minutes.

Black reporter arrested by Phoenix PD for interviewing people

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. blknyellow

    January 7, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    Poor officer. Just couldn’t reconcile the implicit bias that triggers naturally inside of his head when spotting a dude in shorts with a huge ‘fro interacting with customers at a bank. The black man’s ability to articulate an intelligent reason for his presence at the bank triggered further cognitive dissonance within the officer that apparently was too much for him to process. So he cuffed him.

  2. Chris

    January 8, 2023 at 11:01 am

    I don’t care what color you are, but if you are going to interview people outside a bank about their checking accounts, maybe wear something a little more appropriate than a t-shirt and shorts. How about having a press badge on your shirt too. We shouldn’t judge people on their appearance, but most people do this regardless. If your doctor walked in the room like this, would you question his abilities as a doctor? One also has to ask the question, was this reporter trying to be arrested? We all know racism exists, people of color know this more than anyone, so why dress this way? The fro-pick was a nice touch, maybe a little too obvious.

    • Emmanuel

      January 8, 2023 at 11:25 am

      This is NOT an excuse at all. This conjures the Geraldo Rivera comments on how black people avoid police search if they don’t wear hoodies. ABSOLUTELY NOT a valid reason. Now if your point was to suggest he look more professional and represent his position better i can buy that in a vacuum. BUT NOT as a means to harrass black citizens because they “look suspicious”. You basically are making excuses for racist behavior!

      • Shirley R.

        January 8, 2023 at 7:38 pm

        WT ABSOLUTE F happened too Geraldo Rivera?? He was the epitome of non-compliance?? What an a$$

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