1st Amendment?

Police Officer Kimberly Potter shot and killed a young unarmed man, Duane Wright, on April 11, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Since then, there have been protests in that area. People are looking for justice. The journalists are showing up to these protests to report on the civil unrest. According to this article though in the wake of these protests, “Police impeded the work of journalists even after a U.S. District Court judge on Friday issued a temporary restraining order that forbade them from arresting, threatening to arrest, or using physical force against journalists.” Journalists were pepper-sprayed and the officers even “forced some to lie face-down.”

So what? 

Journalists are supposed to be the “watchdogs” of our society. They help find the truth and report on it. Freedom of the Press is a part of the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If the journalists are being pepper-sprayed and thrown into jail how are they supposed to do their jobs? If not them, then who? Also, are these officers or agencies going to be held responsible? It doesn’t seem likely. We must protect the journalists so they can help protect us. “All journalists must be allowed to report the news in the public interest without fear of harassment or harm, wherever they are, the international news agency said in a statement.”



COMPLETED: 4/20/21


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