LIMA, Ohio: Military police detained a Toledo Blade reporter and a photographer Friday outside the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center and confiscated the photographer’s camera.
Blade reporter Tyrel Linkhorn and photographer Jetta Fraser said they went to the driveway entrance of the tank plant operated by General Dynamics’ Land Systems on Friday afternoon. They stayed outside the plant’s gate and did not pass an unmanned guard shack. They were leaving when they were stopped by military police.
After protest by the Blade, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s office made a call to General Dynamics. Keith Deters, manager of the plant, said Friday evening he was able to persuade the military police to release the camera after they reviewed the photographs.
Fraser was handcuffed at one point and about six photos were deleted before her camera was returned, the newspaper said.
Despite getting the equipment back, John Robinson Block, the Blade’s publisher and editor-in-chief, called the incident disturbing.
“I’m personally shocked by this incident,” Block said. “I believe our people were totally in the right.”