Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
People don’t seem to understand the first amendment. When it says Congress, it means that the government cannot do those things. A private company can set terms of service and can toss people who violate it.
But we are seeing some real live demonstrations of the first amendment being violated. Police agencies are considered as part of the government. Note after freedom of speech it says “or of the press.” The founding fathers knew that there was no way we could keep our democracy if the press was prohibited from letting the public know what is really happening. No surprise that police don’t want you to see their real actions so they are targeting the press. Multiple people from the press have been shot with rubber bullets, pepper bullets, sprayed with tear gas and arrested. We can’t let the police hide their actions by stopping the press from reporting. Please take time to look at the four videos below.
Here are Some Real Violations of Our Constitution
Police literally opening fire on the free press. pic.twitter.com/g8RMImZLGr
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 30, 2020
— Guy Still (@mplstvguy) May 31, 2020
"I’ve covered protests involving police," writes @mollyhf from Minneapolis. "I’ve also covered the U.S. military in war zones, including Iraq and Afghanistan. I have never been fired at by police until tonight." https://t.co/v45qwv82S3 pic.twitter.com/7bcUtcLYIs
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) May 31, 2020
Watching African American CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his entire crew get arrested on live TV in the backdrop of burning buildings and an army of state police is absolutely chilling.
This isn’t America.
This literally looks like war torn Nazi Germany. pic.twitter.com/sMkxJXvG3b
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) May 29, 2020