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Police arrest Democracy Now! host with crew

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The protest crowd surges up 7th St in St. Paul
A large crowd of protesters surge up 7th St. in downtown St. Paul.
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Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and two of her staffers were among the more than 280 people arrested yesterday during the RNC protests.

Denis Moynihan of Free Speech TV says Goodman's videographers were filming riot police clashing with protestors at 9th and Jackson street when they were arrested.

Goodman was taken when she tried to intervene.

"We're working under deadline, under a lot of pressure and they were simply snatched off the street, roughly," Moynihan said.

All three were released Monday night. Two other members of the crew are still detained.

According to the program's web site, Goodman was charged with obstruction of a legal process; the other two face felony riot charges.

Associated Press photographer Matt Rourke was also arrested. He had been swept up as police moved in on a group of protesters.