Judge orders Minnesota coppers to stop using chemical weapons on the press … this followed!

AFP photo journalist Eléonore Sens and another member of the press is maced by Minnesota Police after an unlawful assembly is declared in Brooklyn Center, MN

Journalists covering a protest in a Minneapolis suburb Friday night were forced on their stomachs by law enforcement, rounded up and were only released after having their face and press credentials photographed.

The incident occurred hours after a judge issued a temporary order barring the Minnesota State Patrol from using physical force or chemical agents against journalists, according to court documents. It also barred police from seizing photographic, audio or video recording equipment, or press passes.

We’ve returned to a time and circumstances where calling coppers like these “PIGS” is appropriate. Unless you think “FASCIST SCUM” is more accurate. (Not wasting time or space on a poll)

Our constitution and Bill of Rights protects journalists and a free press … not criminals in blue uniforms!

One thought on “Judge orders Minnesota coppers to stop using chemical weapons on the press … this followed!

  1. 4therecord says:

    “Protesters took to the streets last summer to protest police violence. Lawsuits making headway in Columbus and other cities are showing that the police crackdown helped prove their point.” https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/05/09/protesters-police-violence-ohio-court-485435
    Alsaada v. City of Columbus — is primarily about whether the police unconstitutionally used tear gas and other “less-lethal” weapons against protesters peacefully exercising their right to protest. But they also put another question before the court, one that is usually very hard for private litigants to raise: Does the Columbus police department have a pattern and practice of racial bias that makes it fundamentally unable to regulate itself? Whatever the beliefs of individual officers, does the institution behave in a racist way?
    The ruling in Alsaada from an Ohio federal court on April 30 was especially eloquent in condemning police abuse as part of a history of biased policing.
    “This case is the sad tale of police officers, clothed with the awesome power of the state, run amok,” wrote Judge Algenon Marbley. Tracing the history of modern police departments from antebellum slave patrols to the murder of George Floyd, Marbley wrote, “New dark chapters have been drafted in this institution’s history books.”
    See also “City Hall vs. the FOP : A decades-old drama boils over as Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther and the powerful union fight over the future of police reform in Columbus.” https://www.columbusmonthly.com/story/lifestyle/features/2021/04/07/city-hall-vs-the-fop/7123438002/

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