A veteran KTLA-TV news cameraman was arrested in North Hollywood Thursday afternoon after getting into a shoving match with an LAPD officer at the site of an officer-involved shooting, according to sources.
Bill Knight, who has worked at KTLA since the 1960s, was taping a California Highway Patrol pursuit that ended in of a motorist who was reportedly attempting to ram his car into the legs of an officer who was standing outside the vehicle with his service revolver drawn.
Sources outside KTLA reported that Knight was positioned behind a line established with police tape. The officer then ordered him to move to a far sidewalk which Knight refused.
A source at the scene said the officer shoved the cameraman, and the two began jostling each other until the officer arrested Knight on a charge of battery. Knight was expected to be officially booked Thursday evening.
KTLA’s management and lawyers reportedly saw a tape of the incident and said they were were standing behind Knight. The station had no official comment late on Thursday, nor did the LAPD.