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Los Angeles Times journalists attacked by Minnesota State Patrol reach $1.2 million settlement

Two Los Angeles Times journalists trapped and targeted by Minnesota State Patrol troopers while reporting on civil unrest in Minneapolis following the killing of George Floyd have settled their federal lawsuit with the state agency for $1.2 million.

The case stems from a violent encounter on the night of May 30, 2020, when photographer Carolyn Cole and Houston bureau chief Molly Hennessy-Fiske were battered with blunt projectiles, tear gas and chemical spray by troopers interfering with their constitutionally protected First Amendment rights.

The veteran war correspondents had traveled to Minneapolis after Floyd's murder to cover what had become a global story of police brutality. Media was granted exemption from a nighttime curfew imposed by Gov. Tim Walz, citing the critical need for journalists to be free to safely document the events.


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