Bullying cop disciplined after encounter with 12-year-old journalist

By Uriel J. Garcia | Arizona Republic

Hilde Lysiak was out on a reporting assignment near the Arizona-Mexico border when she was threatened by a law-enforcement officer. The marshal for the town of Patagonia said he could have her arrested and throw her into jail.

Hilde Lysiak is 12, and the youngest member of the national Society of Professional Journalists.

While confrontations between reporters and law enforcement may not be unusual, Hilde herself is. She’s 12, and the youngest member of the national Society of Professional Journalists.

Hilde is a reporter and publisher of Orange Street News, a Pennsylvania-based news website. She has received national attention for her reporting.

Instead of backing down from the threats, she confronted Marshal Joseph Patterson. Hilde, who was on her bicycle, recorded a video of the exchange and uploaded it to YouTube.

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