The Washington Times - June 3, 2007, 11:34PM
Erik Alterman
He was charged with criminal trespass after police say he refused repeated orders to leave.\ \ Goffstown, N.H. police said Alterman was in the spin room as a guest of the Creative Coalition and went to an area reserved for a private reception for WMUR-TV. Police said he was asked by an executive at the party if he was invited to the private area and was asked to leave. A police officer was called after a verbal altercation ensued. According to police, Alterman was asked seven times to leave and became increasingly loud as he refused. After ignoring a final request, police said he was handcuffed and taken from the building.\ \ Alterman spoke with CNN after being released. He called the arrest a \0x201Cmisunderstanding\0x201D and claimed he did not refuse orders to leave.

not 1. Don’t try to act like a big shot.
Alterman said he … identified himself as a journalist.
2. Don’t imply an intent to cause trouble for a police officer.
When he asked for the police officer\0x2019s name, the officer threatened to arrest him.
3. Don’t “pull rank” on the police officer.
Alterman said he asked for a supervising officer to come over and tried to explain the situation.
4. Don’t argue with a police officer.
He claims he was cut off and acknowledged he may have been argumentative when he said, “could I please finish a sentence here?”
— Robert Stacy McCain, assistant national editor, The Washington Times