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An Arizona cop threatened to arrest a 12-year-old journalist. She wasn’t backing down.

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The Washington Post reports: “The 12-year-old gave her name and phone number and mentioned that she was a member of the media. She said [Joseph Patterson] told her, ‘I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom-of-the-press stuff’ and added that he would have her arrested and thrown in juvenile jail.”

12-year-old Hilde Kate Lysiak continued anyway, and when the cop, Patterson, confronted and threatened her again, she started recording.

Now, he’s being investigated by his department.

Read the full story here.

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