I regret to announce that Reason.tv producer and journalist Jim Epstein is being held by US Park Police for video recording an incident at a District of Columbia Taxicab Commission hearing taking place at the US Park Police Building in Anacostia Park. Our attorney is on the scene and reports that Epstein, who was attending the hearing as part of an upcoming story on plans to introduce a medallions system to D.C.’s taxi industry, should be released very shortly.
This is very unfortunate, but not exactly surprising given the current state of ethics (or lack thereof) among the D.C. taxicab industry, its regulators, and D.C.’s elected officials. We hope this situation resolves itself soon in Epstein’s favor.
Earlier, I wrote about the pending taxi medallion legislation and why it is a terrible idea.