‘Times’ attorney, others meet with NYPD commissioners to discuss press ‘abuses’ during protests

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On Monday, New York Times Company vice president and assistant general counsel George Freeman wrote a letter to Deputy Police Comissioner Paul Browne on behalf of 13 news organizations requesting an "immediate meeting" to discuss the NYPD's treatment of journalists during last week's Occupy Wall Street protests.

That meeting took place today, a Times spokeswoman confirmed. It was attended by Browne, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Freeman and four of the other co-signers of the letter, the spokeswoman said.

Freeman, however, wouldn't offer up any details. "He is not commenting on the meeting other than to confirm it took place," the spokeswoman said.

The other signatories of the letter, which took police to task for allegedly roughing up and arresting journalists between Nov. 15 and 17, included representatives of the New York Post, the Daily News, the Associated Press, Reuters, Dow Jones and several local TV affiliates and press groups.

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The city has recently come under pressure to improve police-press relations.