Gov. Tim Walz (D) spoke out Sunday over allegations that journalists covering unrest in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center have endured police violence, telling CBS Minnesota: “Apologies are not enough, it just cannot happen.”
Why it matters: Since violations of press freedoms came to national attention last year, with reports of journalists being arrested and assaulted while covering anti-racism protests, violent encounters with law enforcement seem to have become the norm.
Zoom in: Walker writes that “troopers grabbed Sung by her backpack and threw her to the ground, zip-tying her hands behind her back” while she repeatedly identified herself as a journalists, noting she had shown her credentials.
- After being zip-tied a trooper allegedly yelled at Sung, who is Asian American, “Do you speak English?”
“She was patted down and searched by a female officer who put her hands down Sung’s pants and in her bra, fingerprinted, electronically body-scanned, and ordered to strip and put on an orange uniform before attorneys working on her behalf were able to locate her and secure her release, a process that took more than two hours.”