Since the shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, protests in Minnesota lead to arrests.
Carolyn Sung, an Asian American producer with CNN, is now bringing a lawsuit for mistreatment during their arrest while covering the protests.
According to a statement from Sung's lawyer, Leita Walker, MN police violated First Amendment rights and specifically targeted the press.
Unrest is no excuse for First Amendment violations. https://t.co/YBhVV6ol1O— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter) 1618795954.0
CNN producer Carolyn Sung was wrongfully arrested by Minnesota state troopers on Tuesday night. This letter from a… https://t.co/j44AHQIFI4— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter) 1618767454.0
Here's the letter I just cited on @ReliableSources – co-signed by dozens of media outlets – about the treatment of… https://t.co/qwF3FDIwQ8— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter) 1618759462.0
Sung attempted to comply with orders to disperse, but the letter states:
"Despite repeatedly hearing Sung identifying herself as a member of the press and tell the troopers that the zip ties were too tight on her wrists, one trooper yelled at Sung, 'Do you speak English?'"
While attorneys working on Sung's behalf tried to locate her, which took about two hours, Sung was seached by a female officer who put her hands down Sung's pants and bra.
Democratic Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz tweeted out in response to the press statements of violations by police.
A free press is foundational to our democracy. Reporters worked tirelessly during this tumultuous year to keep Minn… https://t.co/JeQl0ixr4Z— Governor Tim Walz (@Governor Tim Walz) 1618696538.0
Many people had things to say about Walz's tweet.
@GovTimWalz So this guy is getting fired and losing his pension then, right? https://t.co/cYwdOPvoI1— Church Buddeh (@Church Buddeh) 1618696851.0
@GovTimWalz Why do you need to have a "meeting" to tell cops to respect the judge's restraining order, to listen to… https://t.co/9GProyqYmH— Michael Hartford (@Michael Hartford) 1618697843.0
@GovTimWalz A “better path forward “ for journalists? How about a better path for all the people, including the jou… https://t.co/oa7dDWr0jE— Kate Barr (@Kate Barr) 1618698641.0
There is widespread outrage over the way reporters were and continue to be treated during protests.
@brianstelter @NatashaBertrand This is a HUGE disgrace and MUST NOT be tolerated. How dare the Police treat Sung as… https://t.co/zXb1mf9bM9— Donna Powers (@Donna Powers) 1618780423.0
@brianstelter The police are out of control. They are being exposed for their tactics and feel their authority is… https://t.co/kSLxanNZn8— JoAnne Gatti-Petito (@JoAnne Gatti-Petito) 1618768703.0
This is horrifying. Minnesota Police wrongfully arrested CNN producer Carolyn Sung, refused to listen to her as she… https://t.co/3JdfTpDjmk— Qasim Rashid, Esq. قاسم رشید (@Qasim Rashid, Esq. قاسم رشید) 1618781402.0
@TheAPJournalist @CNN @GovTimWalz ARE YOU READING THIS?? Police have NO accountability. They believe they can brut… https://t.co/yXKueKVbCb— Sorien- Harebrained? (@Sorien- Harebrained?) 1618801038.0
Walz went on television to discuss the issue of racial bias in police traffic stops.
He also stated in a tweet he is working with Minnasota House Representative Cedrick Frazier to pass legislation in the state to end violence during traffic stops.