Settlement reached in arrests of RNC journalists

By STEVE KARNOWSKI | October 3, 2011 | 2:55 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney says journalist Amy Goodman, host of the syndicated program "Democracy Now!" and two of her producers will receive $100,000 in a settlement over their arrests during the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Their attorney, Anjana Samant (ahn-JAHN'-nah sahm-AHNT'), says St. Paul and Minneapolis also have agreed to develop a policy and training protocol for police officers on how to avoid infringing on the rights of journalists who cover large-scale protests.

The settlement was reached Friday with the aid of U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan in St. Paul. Samant says the two cities agreed to pay a combined $90,000 while the federal government agreed to pay $10,000.

Spokesmen for the cities and police departments had no immediate comment on the settlement.