The Minnesota ACLU filed a proceeding in June 2020 on behalf of journalists who were targeted and attacked by protests.
According to witnesses, state police were aware of a disputed proceeding against them when they wiped out communications.
No soldier has been disciplined for arresting journalists, using force, or using chemical weapons in protest.
In a testimony submitted to the U.S. District Court in Minnesota on July 28, Major Joseph Dwyer of the Minnesota Patrol said that “the majority of agencies” were in May 2020, according to court documents. Protest the death of George Floyd.
Dwyer, who participated in the protest and commanded the soldier’s mobile response team, is one of the many witnesses involved in the class action proceedings. The Associated State of Minnesota, Submitted in June 2020 On behalf of journalists targeted and attacked while reporting protests.
The testimony news came out last week when Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright of the US District Court released a summary of the case.
“The effects of this purge are exacerbated by the fact that during the protests the troopers were instructed not to use the coercion reports altogether or were told that no such reports were needed,” she said. Stated. “Clearly by design, it is nearly impossible to track state patrol behavior, as there is no contemporaneous communication and documentation.”
Dwyer testified that he and other soldiers were aware of the current proceedings when they deleted their email inbox and text messages. He also testified that court documents have never completed reports of the use of force on protests.
John Harrington of the Minnesota Public Safety Commission testified that no soldier was disciplined for arresting journalists, using force, or using chemical weapons. “Practically nothing has been done to hold anyone accountable for the illegal activity,” Wright said, alleging that he violated the constitutional rights of journalists during the protest.
Witnesses also confirm to Wright that state police have created false reports to justify arrests, assaults, and the use of less lethal weapons against journalists and exempt journalists from curfew. I ignored the governor’s order.
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