A Virginia police officer detained a television news videographer Tuesday because his camera vest could have been tactical gear.

The incident was captured on cell phone video by veteran investigator reporter Russ Ptacek from WUSA9, who posted it on Twitter along with photos of the detainment. The video is posted below.

The cop was from the Arlington County Police Department, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The station will be reporting about the incident this Thursday at 11 p.m., so it must not the most pressing issue for them.

But it certainly seems to be a pressing issue to Ptacek, who tweeted the following:


The Arlington County Police Department responded to the incident with the following statement:

WUSA9-Arlington PD


The journalists seem to have been working on a story about the right to record. We will soon find out.



UPDATE: Ptacek posted the following update on Facebook less than an hour ago.

WUSA9-FB update