Reporters in Brooklyn Center Allege Police Mistreatment, State Patrol Says It Will Stop Photographing Their IDs

The Minnesota State Patrol said on April 17 police would no longer “photograph journalists or their credentials” after complaints from media about the practice, which is seen in video here from Jon Farina.

A statement from the state patrol said “troopers will continue to check credentials so media will not be detained any longer than is necessary.”

On Friday, several journalists complained about their treatment by police. Jasper Colt of USA Today said “members of the media” were made “lie flat on our stomachs.”

Freelance photographer Tim Evans was quoted by the AP as saying an officer punched him in the face.

WCCO journalists also said they were “detained” and forced to lie on the ground.

A federal judge on Friday ruled police were not permitted to arrest or use physical force against journalists, after the ACLU sought a temporary restraining order.

USA Today publisher Maribel Perez Wadsworth told the AP, "We condemn the actions of the police in Brooklyn Center in the strongest possible terms.” Credit: Status Coup/Jon Farina via Storyful

Video Transcript

So, what they have done is, they have-- they have closed in the press in here. And they are ID'ing everybody, and taking pictures with a cell phone.

- Can you pull your hat off for me?

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Yeah.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Guys, I wouldn't let them take pictures of your face. I would like to take pictures of your ID, nothing. This is all personal record keeping.

- Stand back.

- I am back, I'm back. This is unnecessary.

- Stand back.

- I'm not--

- If you're not with this group, stand back. Stand back.

- I'm not with this group either.

- I'm not with this group. Jesus.

What's that? Yeah, Yeah. Excuse me, I'm press. I can walk.

- You need to take your picture.

- No, they don't need to take-- no, that's not how this works.

- Hey, lieutenant!

- Lieutenant, can I-- officer, what is the reason?

- I can't hear.

- What's the reason for you guys stopping press here, taking pictures of us, our IDs? What's the reason?

- Because we have to identify that we're-- So right now, they were told that there was an arrest, right? So, we want to release the press. But right now this is our perimeter, right?

- But there's no need, you guys shouldn't be taking pictures of press.

- OK, so how do we identify press from anybody else? By their press credential, right?

- Yeah, yeah.

- OK, so--

- There's no reason to take a personal picture on your cell phone.

- I understand, but it's an app that we're using to track all of our notes, all right? So, you need to disperse to the north, OK sir?