Police arrest ABC News reporter

Journalist charged with trespass, interference

Denver police busted an ABC News reporter, who was trying to photograph lobbyists and donors meeting with senior Democratic leaders at a posh hotel near the convention site, the network said Wednesday.

“Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit,” the network said. Later, ABC got word that its staffer was being charged with “trespass, interference and failure to follow a lawful order.”

According to the net, Eslocker was first ordered by a hotel security officer to leave the sidewalk in front of Brown’s Palace Hotel. Then the officer pushed the newsman off the sidewalk “into oncoming traffic, forcing him to the other side of the street.”

Some 15 minutes later, Denver police arrived, handcuffed Eslocker and arrested him.

“Eslocker and his ABC News colleagues are spending the week investigating the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention for a series of ‘Money Trail’ reports on ‘ABC World News With Charles Gibson,’ ” ABC said.