Fox 2 Investigative Reporter Chris Hayes Arrested In Kinloch for Doing His Job

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A Kinloch police captain handcuffs Fox 2 reporter Chris Hayes at the doorway of a city meeting. - IMAGE VIA FOX 2
  • Image via Fox 2
  • A Kinloch police captain handcuffs Fox 2 reporter Chris Hayes at the doorway of a city meeting.
Fox 2 investigative reporter Chris Hayes was arrested yesterday after he tried to bring a camera into a public meeting. 

A Kinloch police captain stopped Hayes at the door.

"You come into the meeting without the camera, or you don't come in," the captain says.

Hayes argued he had the right to enter with a Fox 2 cameraman, and he was handcuffed and arrested.

Ironically, it was Hayes' own story that fueled much of the discussion at the meeting of city leaders. His bombshell investigation revealed cash-strapped Kinloch's rundown police cars weren't insured or registered, leaving motorists and officers at serious financial risk if there is a crash. When Hayes arrived to follow up at Thursday's meeting, police barred his way.
Fox 2 reporter Chris Hayes is considered one of the best investigative journalists in St. Louis. - IMAGE VIA FOX 2
  • Image via Fox 2
  • Fox 2 reporter Chris Hayes is considered one of the best investigative journalists in St. Louis.

The bizarre confrontation was captured by the news station's camera. Hayes is heard repeatedly stating — correctly — the meeting is public. The captain was unmoved, insisting Hayes cannot pass.

"I'm not going to tell you that again," the captain says. "Bye."

"I'm not going to tell you again," Hayes responds.

At that, the captain turns to someone inside.

"Give me your handcuffs," he says to the unseen person before turning back to Hayes. "You really want to play this up?"

When Hayes continues to plead his case, the captain slaps on the cuffs and leads him inside. 

"Now you got a tape," the captain says to Hayes' cameraman, before shutting the door.

Hayes is generally recognized as one of the top investigative reporters working in St. Louis. Even though we haven't loved all of his stories, he's a pro whose work has won eight regional Emmy awards for Fox 2.

Reporting on his own arrest, Hayes says he was issued a summons on Thursday and has a court date in September on charges of disorderly conduct and failure to comply. We've reached out to Hayes for comment and will update this story if we hear back.

A Kinloch police dispatcher told the Riverfront Times on Friday the police chief wasn't in. Asked if anyone was available to comment on the arrest, she replied "I think you already know the answer to that."

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