Minnesota police photo journalists at Daunte Wright protest

During the protests over the shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota, police officers forced reporters to lie on the pavement until they could be photographed. It was unclear why they wanted photos when the reporters all had press credentials and other identification. (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, April 25, 2021, by Grayson Clary)

In taking the photos, police ignored a judge’s order to stop arresting and using force against journalists. Ultimately, the Minnesota State Patrol agreed to stop the photos and to not longer order journalists to only cover the events from certain locations. (Al Jazeera, April 18, 2021, by Al Jazeera and news agencies)

Earlier in the protests, a freelance photojournalist working for the European Pressphoto Agency said police officers showed no respect for his press credentials as they threw him to the ground, punched him and spray him with a chemical irritant. (USA Today, April 17, 2021, by Adrianna Rodriguez)

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