CNN reporters spread by word of mouth after police threatened to arrest journalists

Police threaten to arrest journalists and reporters alike (Getty Images)

Police threaten to arrest journalists and reporters alike (Getty Images)

If you give her a name, she was probably on duty.

Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya. Gaza, Sri Lanka, Egypt.

Still, it was while working at Suburbs of Minneapolis,that is CNN Correspondents became viral after tweeting her resentment and distrust when police threatened to arrest a journalist reporting protests against Daunte Wright’s murder.

“For my 25 years as a reporter, I’ve never heard American police actually say” journalists will be arrested “during protests,” writes Sara Sidner.

“But that happened last night at #BrooklynCenter.”

Adding images from the scene of the protest, she added: Citizens are the reason we stay. I took this moment after the announcement. “

Comments from 48-year-old Sidner highlighted aspects of the story of a deadly shooting of a young man who threatened to get lost in a breaking news surge-a tough way to respond to reporters reported by police as protesters. ..

Hundreds of protesters appeared on the streets every night since 20-year-old Wright was shot by police at the Brooklyn Center Police Station, and police responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets. They are also threatening to arrest reporters on loudspeakers. There are reports that some reporters have already been arrested, but this is unconfirmed at this time.

DJ Hooker of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar is an organization that emphasizes police abuse and seeks to promote greater civilian control by the general public, saying police logic is very simple.

“They want their black and brown bodies to be brutal,” he says. “But if the media is there, it’s more difficult.”

He adds: “If the media isn’t there, they can do something without being held accountable. I think the threat to the media is very intentional.”

Freedom of the press activists have pointed out that the arrests of journalists in the United States have skyrocketed after George Floyd was killed last year during his detention in Minneapolis. In a wave of protests by groups such as Black Lives Matter and other organizations, police stations across the country have largely distinguished peaceful protesters, the media, or a small number of demonstrators who damage property. Often it didn’t seem to be.

The· Freedom of the Press Tracker in the United StatesThe Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists report that at least 134 journalists were arrested or detained in 2020. This year’s number is already 20.

Last year, reporters mentioned 413 cases of assault injuries. There are 23 people this year.

Campaign participants say even major network journalists could be arrested, but CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez was detained during the broadcast while reporting protests against Floyd’s death. .. Among the arrested people are many colored journalists.

last summer, Independent After one of the reporters was arrested while reporting a protest of racial justice in Seattle, he launched an initiative to promote press freedom in the United States. Journalism is not a crime.

Reporters were detained for up to eight hours after being accused of failing to dissolve a law that did not apply to journalists. I was not charged.

Nekima Levy Armstrong, a lawyer and former president of the NAACP Minneapolis branch, said at a press conference Thursday that one photographer was injured and another journalist was shot in the hand. It was.

on the other hand, Minneapolis Star ReviewAndy Manix said he was beaten in a non-lethal round while reporting protests at the event on Tuesday. He said the ammunition bounced off his boots.

“I’ve heard from journalists that I’ve never experienced anything like what happened outside the Brooklyn Center police station,” Armstrong said.

“They were being ketted with protesters and were told they had to leave, or they would be arrested, and their media qualifications. Some were still detained and arrested. “

Sanders’ challenge at Twin Cities this week wasn’t just about the threat of arrest. So she took up the case of Derek Chauvin, who was charged with two and three murders and two manslaughter charges.

(Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter was charged with manslaughter in Wright’s shooting. Video footage showed Potter pulling a pistol instead of a taser during a traffic outage.)

On Monday, the day after Wright was shot dead, Sidner reported protests at the Brooklyn Center. At that time, a man approached CNN’s crew during the broadcast, and the media accused the story of “twisting.”

“All the press and all the extra sh * t you do make this worse,” he said.

Sidner, who has been working at CNN since 2008, got involved with the man and tried to interview him.

When they insisted on editing his comments, Sidner pointed out that they were broadcasting live. She even tried to give him her phone number so they could stay in touch.

“You don’t know me, but we’ll get to know each other,” said Los Angeles-based Sidner, who has spent a lot of time on various missions at Twin Cities over the past few years. Spent.

The very rapidly widespread exchange ended with a man who said the CNN team should leave.

Sanders also tweeted about it.

“I can’t go anywhere. I love Minneapolis. Minneapolis is the surrounding suburbs and people, including #BrooklynCenter,” she writes.

“I think people are angry. It’s normal. I’m not angry. The emotions after killing #DanteWright are naturally high.”