Kentucky Kernel Photographers Freed in Minnesota

The Courier-Journal is reporting that three University of Kentucky-affiliated photographers have been released from jail in St. Paul, Minnesota “pending further investigation.” The three were in Minnesota to cover the Republican National Convention this week:

Kentucky Kernel photography advisor James Winn, UK sophomore Britney McIntosh and senior Edward Matthews were released at about 6:15 a.m. CDT from the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center, a volunteer at the center said today.

That was roughly 36 hours after they were arrested during an uprising among protesters outside the Republican National Convention. The three had come to St. Paul to photograph the event, although they were not working for the Kernel.

Matthews and McIntosh faced preliminary charges of felony rioting, while Winn was booked on a charge of rioting.

However, formal charges have not been filed against any of the three, the detention center spokesman said today.

According to the C-J, the editor-in-chief of the Kentucky Kernel, Brad Luttrell, identified UK journalism student Edward Matthews in the photo above of a crowd of protesters being pepper-sprayed by police outside the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. on Monday.

The Kentucky Kernel‘s web site appears to be down at the moment, but readers can link to it here: www.kykernel.com.

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