Wednesday, June 03, 2020
In a violation of the First Amendment, two Associated Press journalists covering protests in lower Manhattan Tuesday night were surrounded by New York police officers after the 8 p.m. curfew began, shoved and cursed at, and forced to leave the area. Videojournalist Robert Bumsted and photographer Maye-E Wong informed police the press are allowed after curfew as "essential workers." In video of the confrontation, an officer responds "I don't give a ---." Another tells Bumsted "get the --- out of here you piece of ---."
AP spokesperson Lauren Easton said, "The role of journalists is to report the news on behalf of the public. It is unacceptable and deeply troubling when journalists are harassed simply for doing their job."
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