Deliberate attacks on journalists have cost at least one reporter an eye. And yet the COVID-19 pandemic remains.
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 Watershad documented 100 incidents by 12:50 PM ET on Monday. A story on Bellingcat’s site, “U.S. Law Enforcement Are Deliberately Targeting Journalists During George Floyd Protests” — had provided more insight into some of the incidents.
U.S. police have attacked journalists at least 100 times in the past four dayshttps://t.co/oPoHf0AdLw— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) June 1, 2020
I just got hit by a rubber bullet near the bottom of my throat. I had just interviewed a man with my phone at 3rd and Pine and a police officer aimed and shot me in the throat, I saw the bullet bounce onto the street @LAist @kpcc OK, that’s one way to stop me, for a while pic.twitter.com/9C2u5KmscG— Adolfo Guzman-Lopez (@AGuzmanLopez) June 1, 2020
In Germany, usage of the term 1312 is a criminal offense when it refers to the honor of an individual, however when used to describe a large group of people, it is permitted. The acronym is meant then, not as a personal insult, but a commentary on the institutional role of the police. Some police officers may be “bad apples,” but the term refers to the police as an institution. When an individual joins a police force, they become bound by their profession and their employer. It has also been shown that the job of a police officer tends negatively affect the individual, sometimes causing PTSD and negatively affecting them. The police as an institution hold power over the people they patrol, helping to maintain social order of the nation-state, which may be against the interests of the public. This social order may be maintained through force or violence and can be seen in the origin of modern policing.
More efficient than claiming they malfunctioned is simply not to activate them 🤷🏼♀️ https://t.co/bi9wTHbiD6— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@leahmcelrath) June 1, 2020