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ACLU of Minnesota files lawsuit claiming police have targeted journalists


Protesters rally in front of Precinct 5 of the Minneapolis Police Department in Minneapolis, Minn., May 30. Demonstrators returned to the nation's streets in sweeping fashion on Saturday in a show of national anger and sorrow over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Monday in the custody of the Minneapolis police. (Victor J. Blue / © 2020 The New York Times)

ST. PAUL - The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and Minnesota law enforcement on behalf of journalists who claim they have been targeted by law enforcement while covering protests in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Reporters have covered daily demonstrations, some peaceful and some not, in the Twin Cities and in Greater Minnesota since former-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin reportedly knelt on Floyd's neck last Monday, May 25. The ACLU-MN claims in its suit that law enforcement officers have "tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed and shot journalists in the face with rubber bullets" as they document these demonstrations, even after they identify themselves as press.

The ACLU-MN names the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington and Minnesota State Patrol Colonel Matthew Langer as defendants in the case. The case was filed on Wednesday, June 3 in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota.


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