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DW team confronted by Minneapolis police during nighttime curfew - DW

01.06.2020, 14:34
Photo credit: Screenshot from DW video
Photo credit: Screenshot from DW video

A DW reporter and his camera operator have been shot at with projectiles by Minneapolis police and threatened with arrest. Reporter Stefan Simons confirmed with "absolute" certainty that the shot was fired by officers behind him as he was preparing to go live on air, as Deutsche Welle reported.

DW reporter Stefan Simons, who was onsite at the highway to report on the incident, said he was shot at by police for the second night in a row. The confrontation came after he and his crew were told to leave the scene and drive away. Shortly after getting into the car, police then shot projectiles at the team. 

In Minneapolis, tensions were still high. The midwestern city has been the epicenter of the latest protest movement, where George Floyd died in police custody when a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The police officer was charged with murder on Friday. 

On Sunday, a tanker truck barrelled into a crowd of thousands of people protesting on a Minneapolis highway, according to video shared on social media and TV footage, in what the Minnesota Department of Public Safety called a "very disturbing" incident. Officials say no one appeared to be have been hit. 

Simons has been harassed several times by law enforcement while reporting on the ground in Minneapolis. On Saturday night, Simons' team was shot at by police, and, in a separate incident, he was also threatened with arrest.

Based on DW reports

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