Two University of Kentucky student photographers and a Kentucky Kernel photo adviser were released from police custody this morning after being arrested Monday afternoon in St. Paul, Minn., while taking photos of protests outside the Republican National Convention, the Kernel reports. The two students were charged with felony rioting, while the adviser was charged with rioting. The police continue to investigate the preliminary charges, although no formal charges have been filed so far.
Including the three, police arrested 286 people Monday as protesting outside the convention turned to rioting that required officers to use pepper spray and rubber bullets to contain the crowd.
Both student photographers work for the Kernel but weren't there on newspaper business. If convicted, the three would receive a minimum sentence of one year in jail and a minimum fine of $3,000.