Minnesota police will answer in court for arrests and assaults on the press
Media workers became “collateral losses” in the war between police and protesters. Police brutality in times of peace provoked hundreds of thousands of Americans to riot who use excessive force against law enforcement.
Caught between the two fires, reporters and journalists were also attacked by both BLM activists and the police. The ACLU defended press freedom and a class-action lawsuit was filed against the Minnesota authorities.
“The press is under assault in our City. Over the past week, the Minneapolis Police and the Minnesota State Patrol have tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, shot in the face with rubber bullets, arrested without cause, and threatened journalists at gunpoint, all after these journalists identified themselves and were otherwise clearly engaged in their reporting duties,” the lawsuit says. “The past week has been marked by an extraordinary escalation of unlawful force deliberately targeting reporters. The ostensible leaders of our law enforcement agencies have been unable to curb this unlawful violence.”
In recent days, dozens of cases have been documented where film crews of local television channels were arrested and released several hours later after the police made sure that they were members of the press.