The local reporter who recently got into a heated dispute with the manager of the Castro Theatre while interviewing a group of naked dudes in the street is getting no sympathy from the cops.
Readers might recall the strange incident in which the Castro Theatre manager, Keith Arnold, cock-blocked a journalist as he was trying to video and interview local nudists outside the iconic theater.
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Mike Skiff, a journalist with Third Rail Media, posted this video of the dispute between himself and the movie house manager last month.
As you will see, Skiff, who was wearing a press badge at the time and therefore didn't legally need a permit, had his camera struck repeatedly by the clipboard-wielding Arnold, who was obviously perturbed by the scene of naked men outside the theater. "I'm tolerant of kids not having cocks in their faces," a clearly pissed-off Arnold said to the camera.
Skiff wasn't injured, but he said he's not happy that his rights as a reporter were violated. He filed a police report, accusing Arnold of assault. "If this had been an incident of domestic violence and one spouse was hitting another spouse it would have been dealt with more seriously," Skiff told SF Weekly. "I don't get this violence against journalists."
Skiff, who also claims he was assaulted during a Proposition 8 demonstration, said he's disturbed by what he thinks is a growing trend of people beating up on journalists.
"Everybody's assumed to be paparazzi," said Skiff, who notes that being hassled by the Castro Theatre manager is "ironic" since he's gay. "It's like an art gallery owner coming out and attacking a street artist."
Arnold was fired up about the public nudists who were also exercising their constitutional rights that day, Skiff says. The group of naked men, including former San Francisco mayoral candidate George Davis, were celebrating Park(ing) Day by turning a parking space on Castro Street into a park for one day.
Skiff says the cops recently informed him that they've decided not to file charges against Arnold, because, according to the SFPD, there was no injury, thus battery did not occur. Plus, the camera wasn't even damaged, the cops say.