Dan Heyman was arrested yesterday for asking questions of HHS Secretary Tom Price. Heyman, a reporter for PNS New was in the West Virginia State Capitol with Price and his entourage, asking him to answer a question regarding whether domestic violence was a pre-existing condition under the House proposal.
Capitol Police arrested him and he was charged with willful disruption of governmental processes, a misdemeanor. He had to put up a $5000 bond and faces six months in jail.
According to The Hill, “Heyman said he asked his questions in a public space and received no warnings that he was in the wrong place or doing other activities to warrant his arrest.”
Freedom of the Press is part of our Constitution. Heyman had a constitutional right to be in a public space and asking for answers to his questions. As for Price, it is part of his job to put up with it.