Justice Dept. Urged To Consider Press Treatment in Police Inquiries
Participated with the Reporters Committee and 90 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, in response to news that the Department of Justice has launched investigations of the Minneapolis and Louisville Metro police departments. The letter urges the Justice Dept. to make the treatment of the press an essential part of those and any future inquiries. The letter notes that journalists were unlawfully assaulted and arrested while covering demonstrations in both Minneapolis and Louisville last year. The letter urges the Justice Dept. to instruct state and local authorities that crowd-control tactics at a protest must be narrowly tailored to accommodate lawful reporting – and that insisting on these principles could help set a standard for reform for law enforcement nationwide.