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Minnesota police promise not to detain, pepper-spray journalists covering protests

Minnesota police promise not to detain, pepper-spray journalists covering protests

4/18/2021 8:05:00 AM

Minnesota police promise not to detain, pepper-spray journalists covering protests

Minnesota police on Saturday promised not to detain, threaten or rough up journalists covering protests over the police shooting of Daunte Wright, after officers detained and pepper-sprayed journalists on Friday night and forced some to lie face-down.

The statement came after state police and officers from eight other law-enforcement agencies in the joint force known as Operation Safety Net were criticized by media organizations for how they treated journalists at the protests in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota said the behavior of some officers "went beyond unlawful detention to include outright retaliatory assault" against journalists, whose work to inform the public is protected against government interference by the U.S. Constitution.

The events led several media organizations to ask Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to intervene."I convened a meeting today with media and law enforcement to determine a better path forward to protect the journalists covering civil unrest," Walz said on Twitter. headtopics.com

Police impeded the work of journalists even after a U.S. District Court judge on Friday issued a temporary restraining order that forbade them from arresting, threatening to arrest, or using physical force against journalists."Following feedback from media, and in light of a recent temporary restraining order (TRO) filed in federal court, MSP will not photograph journalists or their credentials," the Minnesota State Patrol statement said.

"In addition, MSP will no longer include messaging at the scene advising media where they can go to safely cover events. While journalists have been detained and released during enforcement actions after providing credentials, no journalists have been arrested," the statement said.

It also said journalists would be exempt from general dispersal orders issued to demonstrators, and that state police were banned from using chemical spray against the press.Reuters was among the media organizations that condemned the police actions."All journalists must be allowed to report the news in the public interest without fear of harassment or harm, wherever they are," the international news agency said in a statement.

The protests erupted after Wright was killed during a traffic stop on Sunday in Brooklyn Center. Former officer Kimberly Potter, who turned in her badge on Tuesday, has been charged with manslaughter.Tensions in the area are running high as the trial of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin nears an end, with closing arguments scheduled for Monday. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder for his part in the deadly arrest last May of George Floyd. headtopics.com

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Open enemy of humanity in the flesh. Freedom of the press An American right How nice of them... That's nice of them!! Remarkable. You might want to rethink the ordering of your headline, sounds weirdly as if the journalists are the ones pepper-spraying... and also, 'nice' of the police to not detain those they have assaulted for no reason...what a time to be alive...

How magnanimous Oh I guess it’s ok to round them up and photograph them and their credential though. acab Why not all the people? Tá maluco? Aumente o efetivo policial!. how thoughtful

Minnesota police promise not to detain, pepper-spray journalists covering protestsThe Minnesota State Patrol also agreed to stop photographing journalists and their credentials and will no longer order reporters where they can position themselves to cover the demonstrations. The statement came after state police and officers from eight other law-enforcement agencies in the joint force known as Operation Safety Net were criticized by media organizations for how they treated journalists at the protests in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Omg I’ve seen these “journalist” half of them have a blog with 20 antifa followers, writing “press” in giant letters on your shirt makes you a “journalist” and above the law lol AngelMabel19761 So, they've promised to act like Americans

The fact that it wasn't a given to leave the press alone is pretty messed up. these protests are playing right into the gop's hands AwareMap So, following the law. Got it. What, they’re gonna shoot them instead? - internet curfew - 64th nights - Mobile data disabled 35 days - Public wifi limited 33 days - Wireless broadband 17 days - Platforms filtered since February SPEAK OUT FOR MYANMAR PLEASE HELP US WhatsHappeningInMyanmar InternetShutdown

Police detain, pepper-spray journalists covering Minnesota protests Pol ice impeded the work of journalists despite a US District Court judge issuing a temporary restraining order that forbade them from arresting, threatening to arrest, or using physical force against journalists.

Journalists allege police harassment at Minnesota protestsSome journalists covering protests over the police fatal shooting of Daunte Wright in suburban Minneapolis say police have harassed them despite a federal order to leave them alone The purpose of police in America is to protect rich criminals from the masses they steal from. So Biden was right when he said 'Nothing would fundamentally change...' Poor snowflake reporters.

Journalist alleges police asked 'do you speak English?' during her arrestA producer for CNN who was covering protests against the police killing of Daunte Wright was arrested and asked by a police officer if she speaks English, according to a letter to the governor of Minnesota. Fascism, racism, and xenophobia are clearly doing well in Minnesota. Legitimate question. Unbelievable.

CNN Producer Reportedly Asked 'Do You Speak English' In Violent Arrest At ProtestJournalists have been harassed and assaulted by police at Minnesota protests over Daunte Wright's killing, an attorney said in a letter to the governor. huffpost fraudulently worries when 'journalists' are 'harassed'. Yet when ordinary people are harassed by journalists, huffpost cheers them on. Shameful. Sur the Shit outta that Department! Force the Superintendent to Resign!