Reporter Arrested: Josie Huang: Biography, Wiki, Age, KPCC, LA police shooting, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
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Reporter Arrested: Josie Huang: Biography, Wiki, Age, KPCC, LA police shooting, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Josie Huang

Reporter Arrested: Josie Huang: Biography, Wiki, Age

Reporter Josie Huang was arrested at the Los Angeles Hospital protests, where a group of people was shouting “We hope you die” outside the hospital where two wounded deputies were “fighting for their lives.”

Conflicting information emerged about the events leading up to Huang’s arrest. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies said Huang ran toward deputies and interfered with the arrest of man who was protesting, and said she did not identify herself as press and did not have press credentials. Huang captured audio and video of her arrest in which she identified herself as a reporter.

Earlier in the evening, two sheriff’s deputies were shot multiple times in Compton.

Huang, a journalist for KPCC and LAist, was booked for a misdemeanor obstruction of justice and released from jail a few hours later, according to KTLA and Huang’s Twitter account. Huang wrote on Twitter shortly before 5 a.m. that she was released to jail and headed home. An earlier tweet showed his coverage of the protest outside the hospital. LAist reported that Huang was taken to the women’s jail at Century Regional Detention Center and released around 4 a.m.

“Hello everyone. I am getting out of county jail and headed home. Thanks for your concern. I have seen tweets from @LASDHQ and have thoughts and videos to share shortly after a bit of a break,” Huang wrote on Twitter.

A few hours later, she shared the videos and an account of her experiences. The video shows her phone falling to the ground.

“I’m a reporter! I’m with KPCC!” She yelled.

She repeatedly screamed and yelled “KPCC!”

Another video shows her filming the arrest of the first man. She said her phone was zoomed. The officers told him to back off. She wrote on Twitter that she had nowhere to back up. She said she was wearing her press badge. Before her arrest, she said she was covering the shooting.

“One of the deputies is the mother of a 6-year-old boy. I felt my chest shrink at the thought of the child, ”he wrote on Twitter.

She said she was in her car “fixing things” with an editor when she heard a commotion outside and went to see what it was. She was wearing her press badge, she said. She shared a video of the arrest of a man, which was followed by her own arrest.

“Thank you all for your support and the loveliest colleagues at @KPCC and @LAist. Our newsroom works very hard to reach out to our community and is proud to exercise our 1st Amendment rights, along with the rest of you, ”her thread concluded.

LASD wrote on Twitter that he ran towards officers and interfered with the arrest of a protester. They said she had no press credentials on her person and did not identify herself as a press. A fellow KPCC reporter, Frank Stoltze, refuted that account, saying he captured the audio of her arrest and identified herself as a reporter.

“NEW: @josie_huang tells us that #LASD agents took her cell phone out of her hands when they arrested her … and that she was recording a video at the time. The audio is disturbing. You can hear Josie repeatedly identifying herself as a @KPCC reporter and yelling “You’re hurting me”
@LAist, ”she wrote.

Huang’s Twitter account provides some documentation of her activity throughout the night of her arrest. She shared a video on Twitter from Compton about two hours after the shooting, which showed police responding to the shooting of two deputies. She later shared a photo of Sheriff Alex Villanueva at a press conference, where he shared details of the shooting.

“Sheriff Villanueva speaking outside St. Francis where 2 deputies are being treated after being shot in Compton: ‘This is a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions, words have consequences and our jobs don’t get easier because people don’t like law enforcement,’” Huang wrote on Twitter.

She later shared video from the protest outside the hospital.

“A tense situation developing in Lynwood as a handful of protesters on sidewalk shout at deputies outside St. Francis medical center where 2 deputies are recovering from surgery after being shot tonight in Compton,” she wrote on Twitter.

Earlier tweets show she had done extensive coverage of Los Angeles protests.


LAist, one of the companies Huang works for, said the journalist was trying to document the arrest of a protester when she was arrested herself. LASD said she was arrested because she was obstructing justice and said she did not identify herself as a press. LAist shared a photo of her arrest and disputed the claim that she did not identify herself.

“This is our excellent reporter @josie_huang who has been covering this story for hours. @LACoSheriff @LASDHQ where is Josie? Why are reporters arrested? Where can I go find it? Megan Garvey from KPCC and LAist wrote on Twitter.

ABC 7 captured video of the arrest. Reporters said she ran to the scene to see what was happening, and officers arrested her. A badge can be seen around her neck.

KPCC issued a statement on Huang’s arrest, acknowledging the stress deputies were facing after two of their own were shot, and asking for an apology for their reporter’s arrest. LAist reported the statement.

It said:

We offer condolences to the two sheriff deputies who were shot Saturday evening. These are challenging and stressful times for everyone, but Josie Huang was arrested while doing her job. The charges should be dropped. Her arrest is the latest in a series of troubling interactions between our reporters and some local law enforcement officers. Journalists provide an essential service, providing fair, accurate and timely journalism and without them, our democracy is at risk.

Mac Huntsman, L.A. County Inspector told Frank Stoltze of KPCC that he is opening an investigation into Huang’s arrest, LAist reported. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who represents Lynwood, called for Huntsman to conduct an investigation. He added “The Citizens Oversight Commission must convene a special meeting on this matter.”

Ridley-Thomas wrote on Twitter, “We must continue pray for the two ambushed sheriff deputies and their families. We must also require that the Inspector General launch an immediate investigation into the arrest of @josie_huang. The Citizens Oversight Commission must convene a special meeting on this matter.”

Huang’s LinkedIn page shows she has been a radio reporter in Los Angeles for more than eight years. Before that, she worked as a producer and host in Maine, and also held a staff writing position.

Her KPCC bio identifies her as an Asian American Communities Correspondent.

“More Asian Americans live in L.A. County than any other county in the U.S. The communities are varied and complex and often invisible in the mainstream media. I tell the stories of recent immigrants and families who have been here for generations to answer the question: How do you navigate the intersection of being Asian and American and what impact does that have on L.A.’s future?” her bio says.

Her LAist articles list shows she has covered a wide variety of topics, including protests, a code enforcement officer’s challenges of completing his job while social distancing, the death of a beloved Griffith Park Carousel operator, vandalism and wildfires.