Police are clearly targeting journalists everywhere
This has got to be a new low for our police state.
A number of efforts are underway to try to track the attacks on journalists, which are often first documented on Twitter. Bellingcat senior investigator Nick Waters had documented 140 incidents by Friday morning. You can see a visualization of the violence against journalists here. Bellingcat notes:
Although in some incidents it is possible the journalists were hit or affected accidentally, in the majority of the cases we have recorded the journalists are clearly identifiable as press, and it is clear that they are being deliberately targeted. This pattern of violence against journalists is replicated in several cities, but appears most intense in Minneapolis.
The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker counts more than 300 total press freedom violations.
OUR LATEST DATA AS OF 9:30PM ET JUNE 4
*300+ total press freedom incidents*
192 assaults (160 by police)
42 equipment/newsroom damage
Assault category breakdown:
69 physical attacks (43 by cops)
43 tear gassings
24 pepper sprayings
77 rubber bullets/projectiles
— U.S. Press Freedom Tracker (@uspresstracker) June 5, 2020
This must be all part of making America great again.