Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Trzcinski told CPJ that both the journalist's violation of the crime scene and her taking pictures of it endangered state troopers trying to control the area.
"It is more likely that peace is going to be maintained if these images are destroyed," Trzcinski
said, paraphrasing what he
said were the concerns of the troopers at the scene.
Police also arrested a family member of one of the deceased after she
, as she
later admitted in court, "absolutely did cross the police line," according to the
weekly Metro Times.
was not charged.
One of the men engaged in fighting was also arrested; during his arrest he head-butted a state trooper in the stomach, according to news reports.
was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, "and then given a ride home by the cops," reported the Metro Times
that Bukoski's "prior reporting had nothing to do with the decision to prosecute.