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Huntsville: Reporter detained several hours

"Once my trunk was open, uniformed police seem to come out of every corner."

by Terry Pedwell

There's security, and then there's G8 security — complete with hundreds of police officers seemingly bored out of their minds.

"Excuse me, sir, can you open the trunk of your car?" one young officer asked as he motioned for me to pull over Thursday evening.

Alarm bells went off in my head as I was about to enter the "interdiction zone," dreaded by the poor residents living near the site of Canada's G8 summit. Living inside the zone has meant a five minute drive home from downtown Huntsville could easily take half an hour or more.

As a journalist assigned to cover the G8 in Huntsville, I had been here twice before on this sunny day, showing my identification and a letter issued to me that would allow me into the zone. Both times, no problems.

This time, however, the officer took exception to my Parliament Hill badge, which I wear every day while covering politics in Ottawa and which clearly identifies me as a reporter...

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  The Globe & Mail carried this Canadian Press story

Posted: June 25, 2010

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