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Northwest Ohio newspaper sues after journalists detained

TOLEDO, Ohio – An Ohio newspaper and two of its journalists have filed a federal lawsuit against the government after a reporter and photographer were detained and had cameras confiscated at a tank plant.

The lawsuit filed Friday by The Blade newspaper in Toledo said the staff members were illegally detained by military police and their constitutional rights were violated.

The newspaper said the two were detained for about an hour last week outside the tank plant in Lima.

Military police told them photography of the plant was prohibited. The lawsuit says Fraser’s cameras were confiscated and that she was handcuffed and later threatened.

The lawsuit was filed against four military police officers, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and a plant official.

A message seeking comment was not immediately returned by the defense department.