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