The Phoenix Police Department is investigating the detainment of a Wall Street Journal reporter in November.
The reporter, who is black, was reporting outside the bank when he was taken into custody by the police.
ABC15, a television station, reported on the episode on Wednesday.
The footage was taken by a bystander. An officer told him he was not going to get any more chances. The man is heard saying, "You're not giving me any chances for what." I haven't done anything bad.
The police said in a statement that it had opened an investigation after receiving a letter from the editor in chief of The Journal which expressed concerns about the actions of one of their officers.
The department said that bank personnel contacted police after they received customer complaints that a man was approaching them as they entered the bank. The interaction between Mr. Rabouin and the police officer happened on private property.
The investigation will be made public once it's done. The man was not charged with a crime.Daily business updates The latest coverage of business, markets and the economy, sent by email each weekday.
According to a police report posted by ABC15, a Chase Bank employee notified the authorities of a "suspicious person outside the bank" who was refusing to leave.
According to the report, the officer said that he had spoken with bank staff members who said that he was making customers uneasy. The officer said that he had concluded that the man was not welcome.
According to the report, he stated he had his I.D., but wouldn't give it to him. I told Dion to put his hands behind his back, but he didn't do it.
There is a federal investigation into the conduct of the Phoenix Police Department and whether it engaged in discrimination and abusive practices.
The Journal was concerned about the treatment of Mr. Rabouin, who is based in New York.
The Journal asked the Phoenix Police Department to investigate the incident and explain why their officers took aggressive actions. Journalists shouldn't be held for exercising their First Amendment rights.
Mr. Rabouin did not respond to requests for an interview on Sunday, but he did acknowledge the incident on the social networking site.
In an interview with ABC15, Mr.
When he went to the bank to interview people, he didn't dress up because he didn't want bank customers to think he was trying to sell them something.
He told the television station that he was looking for real people instead of experts and economists. The nature of the story was not identified by him.
He said that he was standing on the sidewalk next to the bank when they asked what he was doing. He said that no one had asked him to leave and that he was a journalist.
The police officer showed up a short time later. He said that the officer grabbed him and told him, "This can get bad for you if you don'tComply."
A spokeswoman for Chase Bank wouldn't comment on the details surrounding Mr.
She apologized to Mr. I don't have anything else to say.
According to the letter sent by The Journal's editor in chief, Matt Murray, Mr.
Mr. Murray said that Mr. Rabouin had a right to be on the sidewalk.
He said that the man was placed in a police vehicle after he refused to leave. Mr. Murray said that Mr. Rabouin was calm and professional.
Mr. Murray said he was relieved that the interaction with Phoenix police officers ended peacefully. I am concerned that the officers at your department would try to limit Mr. Rabouin's freedom of expression by attempting to interfere with his journalism. Civil Liberties are offended by such conduct.