Athens, GA. - Minnesota journalists’ lawsuit/settlement update: As we have previously reported, there has been a settlement agreement related to the mistreatment of journalists by members of the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) (as part of that settlement, NPPA general counsel Mickey Osterreicher spent several months providing training to the MSP regarding First Amendment rights of citizens and journalists). If you were in Minneapolis covering the social justice protests, the following information, shared with NPPA by lawyers involved in the settlement could be important for you:
- The settlement included an injunction enjoining the State Patrol from assaulting, threatening, detaining, and otherwise harming journalists for doing their jobs. You can view the settlement agreement here.
- The settlement also establishes an Independent Expert review of all complaints alleging mistreatment of the media by the State Patrol during the George Floyd and Daunte Wright protests. Cliff Greene, an experienced Twin Cities lawyer, will serve as the Independent Expert Reviewer. Mr. Greene’s role is to ensure that the investigations of all complaints are handled in a thorough and timely manner. He will only consider complaints related to mistreatment of journalists during the Floyd and Wright protests by the State Patrol that are submitted by October 19, 2022.
- If you or another member of the media believes they were mistreated by the Minnesota State Patrol during the George Floyd or Daunte Wright protests, they can initiate a complaint by submitting a signed (/s Name or your actual signature) complaint describing what happened. The complaint can be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Internal Affairs by email, [email protected]; by U.S. mail, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Internal Affairs/Affirmative Action, 445 Minnesota St., Suite 530, St. Paul MN 55101-5530; or by phone, 651-201-7136. The State provides a complaint form for this purpose that you may use. You can also include materials that support your complaint.
- The ACLU of Minnesota requests that you notify them when a complaint is submitted, either by copying Renee Hamilton, [email protected], on the electronically submitted complaint or emailing that same address to let us know you have submitted a complaint by U.S. mail or by phone.
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