On Saturday, journalists appeared to become target practice for police officers while covering the protests in Minneapolis.
Multiple reports and live footage revealed police officers firing rubber bullets at journalists and media members who were covering the protests.
It’s open season on the media for the cops in Minneapolis. Evil. https://t.co/ZR3Nnf9ofH
— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) May 31, 2020
Remarkable on MSNBC: @AliVelshi reporting in Minneapolis as police fire tear gas.
"Nobody was doing anything. They pulled in, they opened fire."
"There has been no provocation. There was nothing that happened whatsoever. The police pulled into this intersection unprovoked."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 31, 2020
.@OmarJimenez (the CNN reporter who was arrested yesterday) and his crew are putting themselves in harm’s way to report the news in Minneapolis. Press are being shot at with projectiles. Courageous journalism. pic.twitter.com/W4sb9F4ht8
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) May 31, 2020
Philly police pin young black man to the ground with their knees, swat our field reporter with a baton for filming the scene.
"I'm a journalist, sir!"
"I don't care what you are. Beat it." pic.twitter.com/llguNcdTlx
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) May 31, 2020
Myself, photographer, and producer just made it back to the car. We were with a group of media and thought we were in a safe spot. We kept saying we’re media. Police tear gassed and pepper sprayed the entire group. Everyone ran. It was insane. It happened so fast. pic.twitter.com/Wl3Fzzlsnw
— Ryan Raiche (@ryanraiche) May 31, 2020
Minnesota State Patrol just fired tear gas at reporters and photographers at point blank range. pic.twitter.com/r7X6J7LKo8
— Molly Hennessy-Fiske (@mollyhf) May 31, 2020