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Sat Apr 17, 2021, 05:01 PM

Journalists allege police harassment at Minnesota protests

Source: Associated Press

TODD RICHMOND,
Associated Press
April 17, 2021
Updated: April 17, 2021 2:45 p.m.

Some journalists covering protests over the police fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, .a 20-year-old Black man, in suburban Minneapolis say officers have harassed and assaulted them despite a federal order to leave them alone.

U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright issued a temporary restraining order Friday prohibiting police at the protests in Brooklyn Center from arresting journalists or using force against them, including flash-bang grenades, nonlethal projectiles, pepper spray and batons, unless they know the person committed a crime

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But USA Today videographer Jasper Colt tweeted that he and other reporters were forced to lie on their stomachs Friday evening while police photographed them and their credentials before letting them leave.

“We condemn the actions of the police in Brooklyn Center in the strongest possible terms,” USA Today Publisher Maribel Perez Wadsworth said in an email to The Associated Press on Saturday. “Requiring journalists to lie prone on the ground and photographing their credentials are purposeful intimidation tactics. To be clear, we will not be intimidated or deterred in fulfilling our First Amendment right and responsibility to hold power to account in our reporting.”

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/article/Journalists-allege-police-harassment-at-Minnesota-16108705.php

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Reply Journalists allege police harassment at Minnesota protests (Original post)
Judi Lynn Apr 17 OP
Mary in S. Carolina Apr 17 #1
wnylib Apr 18 #2
Roy Rolling Apr 18 #3
mysteryowl Apr 18 #4
csziggy Apr 18 #5
mysteryowl Apr 18 #6
csziggy Apr 18 #7
LetMyPeopleVote Apr 18 #8
OldBaldy1701E Apr 19 #9

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 09:40 PM

1. Should we not

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ask for of every Brooklyn Center Officer's picture and their home address? What could possibly go wrong?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 18, 2021, 12:24 AM

2. Maybe the organizations that these journalists

work for need to file suits against the police.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 18, 2021, 07:22 AM

3. This is Rich

We need a judge to demand second-amendment abusers stop attacking first-amendment-protected journalists who publish the abuse.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 18, 2021, 11:08 AM

4. Gov. Tim Walz calls assault, detention of journalists covering protests 'unacceptable'

Journalists covering protests in Brooklyn Center last week following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright say they have been assaulted, pepper-sprayed and detained by law enforcement officers despite showing their credentials and a Friday court order barring officers from arresting or using force against members of the media.

In an interview Saturday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said these incidents are "unacceptable in every circumstance." He said law enforcement leaders will communicate to officers guarding the Brooklyn Center police headquarters that they must follow the court order and let journalists do their jobs.
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On Friday, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order barring officers from arresting or using force — such as less-lethal projectiles, pepper spray and batons — against journalists.

https://www.startribune.com/gov-tim-walz-calls-assault-detention-of-journalists-covering-protests-unacceptable/600047293/

The article is worth reading. The journalists share their personal experiences of assault, chemicals, being taken down to the ground and detained. It is really saying something when a judge grants a restraining order - against police!!

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Response to mysteryowl (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 18, 2021, 11:34 AM

5. It's something judge grants a restraining order - against police!! And they defy it!

Every single cop who disobeyed that restraining order should be charged with contempt of court - and removed from the police force.

I'm hoping the judge does that first thing tomorrow morning - but I will not hold my breath.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 18, 2021, 11:37 AM

6. It will never happen. Not a chance.

They get away with murder, they will get away with this.

I appreciate how you think though.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 18, 2021, 11:40 AM

7. I think I know why the police ignored a court order


Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright
https://mncourts.libguides.com/Wright


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 18, 2021, 01:33 PM

8. From Reliable Sources

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Apr 19, 2021, 07:47 AM

9. I have a problem

I was not in favor of moving here (Minneapolis). Once a year had passed, I knew I did not want to be here. Since then, I have developed a strong dislike of here. Now? I am scared to be here. I want to get out of here. I cannot, thanks to no money and no means. My life is over if I leave, but it is looking more and more like it may be over if I stay. Horrifying.

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