<strong>By Chris Thomas<\/strong>\r\n<h1>Reporter Dan Heyman, who covers West Virginia and Virginia for Public News Service, was arrested inside the State Capitol in Charleston on Tuesday afternoon.<\/h1>\r\nHeyman was at the Capitol to cover a visit by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, as well as the protesters gathered there. The official complaint accuses Heyman of \u201ccausing a disturbance by yelling questions\u201d at Price.\r\n\r\nValerie Woody, who was there as outreach coordinator for the West Virginia Citizen Action Group, said Price\u2019s entourage was moving quickly through a hallway and Heyman was scurrying after them.\r\n\r\n\u201cI saw nothing in his behavior, I heard nothing that indicated any kind of aggressive behavior or anything like that,\u201d she said. \u201cJust simple, you know, trying to get somebody\u2019s attention and ask them a question. It seems to me there was no violation of anyone\u2019s space, or physicality, other than the arrest itself.\u201d\r\n\r\nPrice was at the Capitol to meet with state lawmakers and others about the opioid epidemic.\r\n\r\nHeyman was released Tuesday night on a $5,000 bond. His attorney, Tim DiPiero, said the charge, \u201cwillful disruption of governmental processes,\u201d is based on what he called a \u201cvague\u201d statute, and that Heyman was just doing his job as a journalist.\r\n\r\nKristen O\u2019Sullivan also saw the arrest and recorded it on her phone. She said she was at the Capitol to protest the American Health Care Act as a breast-cancer survivor who is concerned about future coverage limitations for people with pre-existing medical conditions. O\u2019Sullivan didn\u2019t know the reporter, who she said was grabbed by the back of the neck and put against a wall by Capitol security officers.\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd it\u2019s a shame,\u201d she said, \u201cto see not only the fact that we may be losing the ability for ourselves to get our pre-existing conditions covered, but we\u2019re losing out on the First Amendment. We can\u2019t even report on that anymore.\u201d\r\n\r\nShe described Heyman as continuing to ask questions - including asking Price why he wasn\u2019t answering them.\r\n\r\nThe American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia (ACLU-WV) released the following statements: \u201cThis a dangerous time in our country. Freedom of the press is being eroded every day. We have a President who calls the media \u201cfake news\u201d and resists transparency at every turn. And today, a reporter was arrested for trying to ask a question to members of President Trump\u2019s administration. Mr. Heyman\u2019s arrest is a blatant attempt to chill an independent, free press. The charges against him are outrageous, and they must be dropped immediately.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cBy asking Tom Price and Kellyanne Conway whether domestic violence was considered a preexisting condition under President Trump\u2019s healthcare proposal, Dan Heyman was doing his job as a reporter. He was fulfilling that sacred role of the media in a democratic state of holding our elected officials accountable regarding the vital issues of the day. And for that, he was arrested.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cWhat President Trump\u2019s administration is forgetting, and what the Capitol Police forgot today, is that the government works for us. Today was a dark day for democracy. But the rule of law will prevail. The First Amendment will prevail. The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia stands ready to fight any attempt by the government to infringe upon our First Amendment rights.\u201d\r\n\r\nMountain Media runs Dan Heyman\u2019s articles\u00a0 in the <em>Mountain Messenger <\/em>on a regular basis.