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U.S. Park Police officers used excessive force against two Australian journalists while clearing a protest near the White House nearly three years ago, the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General said Wednesday.
In a report, the IG concluded that one officer violated policy by using his baton to strike a retreating reporter who did not pose a threat.
The IG said the second officer had complied with policy by using his shield to control a cinematographer because it was “objectively reasonable,” but that the same officer had not employed the “minimum level of reasonable force” when he later pushed the journalist’s camera.