Amy Goodman and two former “Democracy Now!” producers have won a $100,000 settlement three years after police stormtroopers surrounding the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn., battered, bloodied and arrested the journalists.

Most of the settlement will be paid by the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, while the U.S. Secret Service has agreed to pay $10,000. Rather than assist the victims of the incident, a Secret Service agent seized the press credentials of the “Democracy Now!” team.

Goodman said the settlement “should be a warning to police departments around the country to stop arresting and intimidating journalists.” Goodman will use the money to support independent journalism, the Associated Press reports. — PZS

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