Photo via Jared Goyette Twitter.
UPDATED 1:50 PM PT — Thursday, June 4, 2020
The ACLU of Minnesota has taken legal action against an alleged police attack on a journalist, who was covering the George Floyd protests. The suit was filed on behalf of freelance journalist Jared Goyette.
He was shot in the face by a rubber bullet while covering the demonstrations in Minneapolis last week.
Several other reporters have been attacked, sometimes on live television, over the past week.
Goyette described the moments leading up to his alleged assault.
“When I got hit in the face by something that came from the police side, it hit me right here in the nose eye area. I was blindsided, I fell hard. People came to help me and eventually I managed to get out of there. I was not as badly hurt as the person that I was focused on earlier.” – Jared Goyette, freelance journalist
The string of incidents has brought into question the relationship between police and the press during these high-profile moments in history. In some cases, officers from departments across the country have been put on administrative leave, pending an investigation.