The six protesters whose arrests were being documented by Biren still face trial this Spring. Attorney Hetznecker will also be representing them. He declined to comment further on the pending case.
In some locales after police abuse like this has occurred, the ACLU has negotiated with the police to establish clearly defined policies so that it doesn't happen again.
Regarding such efforts, Hetznecker explained that "Oftentimes, what is being sought is an injunction and/or a declaratory judgment regarding the police activity and those are very difficult to obtain regarding a broad pattern of behavior, but certainly it is something that I think is going to emerge again over and over and we see the press being subject to these false arrests and claims of criminality simply because they are present and covering and documenting in effect a political event."
Concluding, Hetznecker noted, "I think it's something that is an ongoing battle and certainly a battleground that will go from the streets to the courtroom once the dust settles and I'm not talking about this particular case necessarily, but the overall issue of whether or not we have a serious intrusion into the first amendment rights of the press by the police in their attempts to exclude and eliminate independent coverage of events."