Journalists allege police harassment at Minnesota protests

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 18, 2021

The 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.

"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.

Following a complaint from several journalists and a union representing them, a judge issued a restraining order against police earlier in the day in Brooklyn.

A statement provided to the Business Journal from Axon said the company can not comment on the specifics of Daunte Wright's death, but it acknowledged the incident may have involved the accidental use of a firearm rather than an Axon product.

Reuters was among the media organizations that condemned the police actions.

The use of "chemical agents" such as physical force and stun grenades, sticks or pepper spray against journalists is also prohibited.

"All journalists must be allowed to report the news in the public interest without fear of harassment or harm, wherever they are", the global news agency said in a statement.

About 500 people gathered in front of the gates of Brooklyn Center police station ten kilometers from Minneapolis, the sixth evening in a row since Dante Wright's death on Sunday, during a normal traffic control.

It is in this large metropolis in the north of the United States that the case of former white police officer Derek Chou, who was charged with the murder of George Floyd past year, is now under way.

The Chauvin trial will conclude with closing arguments and jury instructions on Monday. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder for his part in the deadly arrest last May of George Floyd.

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