The chief of police of Minneapolis apologized to the journalists
The chief of police of Minneapolis, Medaria of Arredondo apologized to the journalists, which was attacked by the police, among the victims was the correspondent of RIA Novosti, Mikhail Turgiev.
"There was a video of the use of rubber bullets and tear gas against journalists... the media must be protected," said Arredondo at a press conference, which was broadcast on local television in Minneapolis.
"I will study, why the media fire and used tear gas. This should not be. The journalists gathered here, and your colleagues, who are under these (rubber bullets), I apologize", he said.
A number of journalists were attacked by police in Minnesota. Among them was the correspondent of RIA Novosti, whom police held at gunpoint and sprayed him point blank in the face with tear spray after he introduced himself as a journalist and showed my ID.
All, according to US Press Freedom Tracker, when protests and riots of the last two weeks were more than 380 incidents regarding freedom of speech, including 50 attacks on journalists by the police, 89 cases of firing rubber bullets and more than 75 cases of use of tear gas and arrests of journalists 56.
The cities of the U.S., a wave of protests and unrest after the death at the hands of police of African-American George Floyd. One of the officers who fell with his knee on the neck of the Floyd during the arrest, was charged with reckless homicide, three more were fired.
The Union of journalists of Russia has previously supported the requirement of the International Federation of journalists to immediately stop the attacks on media workers covering the protests in the United States. The OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir called for the US authorities to provide safe work of journalists covering the protests. The official representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarric, commenting on the incident with the correspondent of RIA Novosti, said that "all these cases should be investigated". In addition, the American non-governmental organization "Foundation for freedom of the press" (Freedom of the Press Foundation) included the incident with RIA Novosti journalist during protests in Minneapolis in its database and will report further details about the case.
The Russian foreign Ministry earlier described the incident as a manifestation of Tuleevym unnecessary cruelty, and the Governor of Minnesota Tim now apologized to journalists who had been detained or attacked the police in the night on Sunday. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia also called on human rights NGOs and international institutions to respond to the incident with the producer of Sputnik in the United States and has called an unfriendly step the brutality of the police against Nicole Russel. International human rights organization "Committee to protect journalists" began investigating the incident with the producer Agency Sputnik during protests in Washington.