This is what freedom of the press in America has looked like over the past week. As of 9pm Thursday, the US press freedom tracker has received 192 reports of journalists being attacked by police forces while covering the protests across the US.
This also is what happens when a president spends his entire time on office screaming that journalists are enemies of the people, emboldening rogue police and private citizens to treat these professionals as dangerous people who must be stopped.
To anyone who wishes to reply with “you’re trying to stir up hatred toward cops,” I have a simple response:
In the United States, no journalist should be tear gassed, pepper sprayed, shot or otherwise attacked by any law enforcement officer. Ever. Full stop.