Journalists hit by police in Minneapolis

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Journalists hit by police in Minneapolis

This is not the only incident with the media during continuing several days of protests in the United States.

The crew of the Deutsche Welle came under fire during protests in the American Minneapolis. A few minutes before a live broadcast on the night of Sunday, May 31, reporter Stefan Simons and the operator Max FERG were fired by the police. Video from the scene shows how after the sound of the shot one of the men standing a few dozen meters down the police object resembling a weapon.

During the ensuing altercation, the police demanded that the journalists DW to leave the scene of the protests, despite the fact that they filed a document on accreditation.

“My operator was at risk even more than I do. It could end really badly,” said Simons after the incident. He also pointed out that the police were in a state of severe stress.

This is not the only incident with the media during continuing several days of protests in the United States. Simons reported that shortly before the incident with his film crew three police cars for reasons unknown surrounded working on the site of journalists of another channel. May 30 from rubber bullets injured two employees of the Reuters News Agency and a correspondent for Swedish Newspapers.

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The crew of TV channel CNN was arrested in Minneapolis on May 29, when conducted live coverage of the protests. The video on the channel’s website you can see how the police surrounded the CNN journalist Omar Jimenez and stated that he was arrested. On the question of Jimenez, in which he is accused, there was no answer.

Recall that the protests in Minneapolis began after the African-American George Floyd died after police detention in intensive care. The man died after one police officer pressed his knee on his neck.

The detainee said several times that he could not breathe and then lost consciousness. The events were videotaped by witnesses, begging the COP to remove the knee, but he only did it after the arrival of physicians.