California Officials Urged To Stop Police Targeting of Journalists
Participated with the Reporters Committee and 50 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom and local officials urging them to take immediate, concrete steps to end the police arrests and attacks on credentialed and clearly identifiable journalists that occurred during civil protests. The letter makes the same legal arguments as similar letters to Minnesota, New York City, and Denver officials, noting primarily that journalists covering civil unrest are protected by the First Amendment. The California letter describes in detail six incidents where journalists were shot with rubber bullets or unlawfully detained by local police throughout the state. The letter urges cities across California to implement protocols for the protection of journalists similar to those recommended for the other locales.