Once taken to the country jail, Sung was “patted down and searched by a female officer who put her hands down Sung’s pants and in her bra, fingerprinted, electronically body-scanned, and ordered to strip and put on an orange uniform before attorneys working on her behalf were able to locate her and secure her release, a process that took more than two hours,” Walker’s letter states.
Walz said on Saturday that he respects journalists’ right to cover protests freely without fear of arrest or intimidation.
“A free press is foundational to our democracy. Reporters worked tirelessly during this tumultuous year to keep Minnesotans informed,” he said in a tweet. “I convened a meeting today with media and law enforcement to determine a better path forward to protect the journalists covering civil unrest.”
In a separate tweet, Walz said he had “directed our law enforcement partners to make changes that will help ensure journalists do not face barriers to doing their jobs.”
News of Sung’s alleged treatment was met with widespread condemnation from journalists at CNN and elsewhere across the media and political landscape over the weekend.